STATE COLLEGE – They punched their ticket!
It was a win and you’re in the district championship game for the Mifflin County women’s basketball team as they faced rival Mid-Penn State College on Friday night.
With their convincing 57-46 road win over the Little Lions, Mifflin County booked their spot in the District 6 Championship Game.
The title tilt will take place on February 24 at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson against the winner of the Altoona playoff game against State College.
After a slow first quarter, Mifflin County fell behind 14-13.
Marissa Gingrich warmed up late beyond the 3-point line, finishing with a game-high 21 points. She also had a strong all-game with seven assists, two blocks and nine rebounds.
Her teammate Tessa Pavlova also had two defensive blocks.
Defense was also a plus for Bri Bodtorf, who also finished with 12 points.
Kate Knable rounded things out for Mifflin County’s double-digit scorers with 11.
“We knew it would be a much tougher game here. We had them pretty good at home and we knew they wanted a little revenge here,” said Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich. “They’re playing with house money. We beat them there and they say they are younger. If we win, we get the first seed in the district. So all the pressure was on our girls. I would say Kate Knable, Aija Binder, and Mya Aumiller did a phenomenal job on some of their shooters, keeping them down to looks.
“We got a lot of effort from a lot of players. It’s a great victory. »
In the first quarter, State College used the long ball to start the game. Jordyn Steindl had a hot hand posting a triple and two inside buckets. Mifflin County got three triples and Bodtorf led the way with five runs to trail the Little Lions.
Gingrich had two and Knable scored a trey but the Huskies trailed 14-13 going into the second quarter.
“Marissa controlled the game for us, adding nine rebounds and seven assists, and Bri worked hard as always, posting her averages of 12 points and eight rebounds,” said Gingrich.
Things remained tight in the second quarter.
State College started strong early in the period, taking a six-point lead.
However, Mifflin County came back into the game and changed the momentum as the period increased later.
When the two teams entered intermission, Mifflin County took a slim lead at 30-29. Gingrich began to warm up, posting seven points in the period.
After having a chance to regroup at halftime, Mifflin County came out and resumed the contest.
Gingrich continued to shine in the third post six as the Huskies entered the final stanza beating the feisty State College team, 15-11. The run increased Mifflin County’s lead to 45-40 going into fourth.
Mifflin County continued their solid defense when it mattered most, keeping State College at bay the entire period, allowing just six points in the period while their offense flourished on turnovers scoring 12 in road to victory.
In the JV contest, Mifflin County fell 34-22.
Jalee Bodtorf led the way for the Huskies with 11.
Mifflin County 57, State College 46
Bri Bodtorf 4 2-2 12, Marissa Gingrich 8 1-2 21, Kate Knable 3 4-4 11, Mara Aumiller 3 1-2 8, E Weaver 2 0-0 5, Aija Binder 0 0-0 0, Tessa Pavlova 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 8-10 57.
3-point goals: Bodtorf 2, Gingrich 4, Knable, Aumiller
Diana Tsamakova 3 2-2 8, Jessica Hawbaker 1 2-4 4, Carley Donnell 4 0-0 12, Madison Fry 1 0-0 2, Jordyn Steindl 7 0-0 16, Mya McElhinney 2 0-0 4, Tori Risha 0 0-0 0, E Coudriet 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 4-6 46.
3-point goals: Donnell 4, Steindl
CM 13-17-15-12 — 57
SC 14-15-11-6 — 46