The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG — With a potential District 4 playoff berth on the line, Mifflinburg upped its defensive play against Jersey Shore on Saturday to inch one step closer to that goal.
The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to 18 second-half points to come back and pull out a 56-53 Heartland-I victory.
Mifflinburg stands at 9-11 on the season and the Wildcats have two games left to be played in order to get the required .500 record for a postseason berth.
Mifflinburg hosts Midd-West on Wednesday and the team is supposed to play Bellefonte as well, but there’s a possibility the game might get forfeited due to the Raiders’ heavy schedule. A forfeit would count as a win for the Wildcats.
James Zack led Mifflinburg with 14 points and Jeremy Uscowskas added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats. Jordan Wagner chipped in nine points and six assists in the win.
“I think as a team we came together and clamped down defensively in the second half and that caused Jersey Shore some problems,” said Mifflinburg coach Andre’ Roupp. “That was the key to game — getting back on defense.”
Danville 53, Shikellamy 45
SUNBURY — After trailing by three going into the fourth quarter, the Ironmen responded with a 22-point quarter to remain perfect in the HAC-I with a win over the Braves.
Bret Berg’s 19 points led Danville (17-2, 13-0 HAC-I) while Ernie Tyler led Shikellamy (12-7, 9-4) with 14.
The win improves Danville’s league winning streak to 29 straight dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Ironmen finished last season undefeated in league play.
Shikellamy’s C.J. Tyler and Zach Herbster each contributed 10 points in the loss.
Matt McConnell added 12 and Zach Kozick had 11.
The Ironmen next travel to Southern Columbia on Monday.
Milton 49, Selinsgrove 46
SELINSGROVE — A big third quarter by the Black Panthers resulted in them taking a close HAC-I win over the Seals.
Selinsgrove (7-13, 5-8 HAC-I) led 29-17 at the half, but Milton (13-7 overall) stormed back with a 20-point third quarter to take a one-point lead.
Brandon Rogers led Milton with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half and seven in the third quarter alone.
Dillon Hoke led the Seals with 21 points.
Shamokin 72, Midd-West 61
MIDDLEBURG — The Mustangs hot shooting night was marred by turnovers as the Indians took the HAC-I victory.
Midd-West (3-17, 0-15 HAC-I) shot 64 percent from two-point range, but the Mustangs committed 21 turnovers.
Austin Stine scored 22 points for Shamokin, which made nine 3-pointers in the contest.
Hughesville 48, Warrior Run 46 (OT)
HUGHESVILLE — The Defenders came close to getting their third win of the year, but the Spartans would hold on for the HAC-II win.
Neither team scored until there were four minutes remaining in the first quarter, but both squads were neck-and-neck throughout the game.
Lance Pealer scored 15 points to lead the Defenders (2-17 overall).
Southern Columbia 49, Montoursville 45
MONTOURSVILLE — Matt Klock knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points to lead the Tigers to the HAC-II win.
Mount Carmel 46, Central Columbia 34
MOUNT CARMEL — The Red Tornadoes outscored the Blue Jays 23-7 in the first half to cruise to the HAC-II victory. Ben Scicchitano led Mount Carmel (11-8, 7-6 HAC-II) with 13 points.
Williams Valley 57, Lourdes Regional 48
COAL TOWNSHIP — Three players in double figures weren’t enough for the Red Raiders as they fell in the Schuylkill League game. Anthony Pennypacker led Lourdes with 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Selinsgrove 40, Milton 29
SELINSGROVE — Laura Long scored 16 points as the Seals took a HAC-I victory over the Black Panthers and get within a single win of qualifying for the District 4 playoffs.
Jess Kerstetter added 10 points for Selinsgrove (10-9, 7-5 HAC-I), which plays at Mifflinburg on Tuesday and hosts Midd-West on Wednesday.
Emily Baker scored 11 points to lead Milton (12-9, 10-3).
Shikellamy 32, Midd-West 22
MIDDLEBURG — An off shooting night by the Braves wasn’t enough to cost them a HAC-I win over the Mustangs.
Alexis Angstadt and Corey Yerger were held to nine total points by Midd-West (7-12, 3-9 HAC-I), but the Mustangs also struggled with their shots got a high of eight points from Mikayla Beiler.
Kierra Smith led Shikellammy (14-7, 8-5) with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Jersey Shore 51, Mifflinburg 46
JERSEY SHORE — Despite having two players score in double figures, the Wildcats fell to the Bulldogs in HAC-I action.
Katie Alexander scored 14 points and Kayla Kline added 12 for Mifflinburg (4-16, 2-11 HAC-I).
Lewisburg 39, Mifflinburg 26
LEWISBURG — The Green Dragons had five bonus-point wins en route to the HAC-I victory.
Max Reed (160 pounds), Nick Bernstein (182) and Jon Ward (220) all won by fall, while Logan Stenger (132) and Logan Aikey (145) scored technical falls.
Cole Walter (138) and Ty Walter (170) had pins for the Wildcats.
Mifflinburg (7-8) competes Saturday in sectionals.
Danville 48, GAR 24
WILKES-BARRE — The Ironmen won nine bouts, seven via forfeit to cruise to the nonleague win. Joe Hannon at 126 and David Burke at 160 both picked up decision wins for the Ironmen.
Shikellamy takes 6-of-8 over Danville
DANVILLE — With all five bowlers rolling a 600 series or better, the Braves took a 4-0 victory over the Ironmen in the boys match.
Randy Ripple’s 693 series (234-257-202) was tops in the match for Shikellamy. Danville got a 640 series from Nate Lubeski.
For the girls, the two teams split at 2-2. The Braves got a 541 series from Becka Klock, while Danville was led by Indeah Lewis’ 583.
District 4 Coaches Invitational
WILLIAMSPORT — Meadowbrook Christian freshman Kathryn Nolter led the area’s independent swimmers by taking first place in the 100 butterly in the meet held at Williamsport High School.
Warrior Run senior Lauren Balliet took third in the 200 freestyle, and she combined with Midd-West freshman Grayce Heckman, Line Mountain junior Lauren Giordani and Nolter to place second 400 free relay.
Next up is the District 4 championship meet held Feb. 22 and 22 at Bloomsburg University.