MIFFLINBURG -- Lewisburg and Mifflinburg refused to budge Wednesday night in a fierce Route 45 and Heartland Athletic Conference crossover battle.
While neither team could separate itself by more than two possessions the entire way, there came a point in the fourth quarter that someone had to step up and create some separation. That player happened to be Green Dragons junior guard Travis Conrad.
Conrad ignited a huge final push for Lewisburg, outscoring Mifflinburg by himself in the final period. His 12 fourth-quarter points and game-high 18 to go with Michael Driscoll's hot hand and a tormenting defense led to a 50-41 victory at the Cats' Den.
The Green Dragons outscored the Wildcats 23-11 in the fourth, as Conrad's back-to-back 3-pointers started a 16-4 run with just over six minutes remaining. Over a four-minute span, Lewisburg didn't allow a field goal after Alex Vidunas' triple made it 33-30 with 7:00 to go.
There were seven ties and five lead changes as the Green Dragons avenged a lopsided 57-43 loss to their neighboring rival a season ago.
"This was just another Lewisburg-Mifflinburg battle, where no matter what the records are these teams are going to play tough," said Lewisburg coach John Vaji. "I thought the last six minutes of the game we really picked up the intensity and passion. We knocked down some shots, got the lead and the guys maintained their composure.
"He (Conrad) has the ability to step up like he did. He's a competitor and he is a great catch-and-shoot type player. But at the same time I thought Michael (Driscoll) also hit some big shots and this was just a great win."
"This was a big one and Cam (Cassels) said before the game that he hadn't beat Mifflinburg in his previous three years," said Conrad. "Everyone wanted this one and the defense got our offense going. Getting this one feels good, especially doing it down the stretch."