Photos by Bob Hockenbrock
COCOLAMUS — East Juniata got behind the efforts of one Sara Brackbill to take down Juniata Christian, 44-35, in a girls basketball game on Monday.
The Tigers came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and dropped a team total of 19 points in the opening period while defensively, they held Juniata Christian to just five points.
Brackbill then took over the game in the second quarter scoring all eight points in the frame for East Juniata. The Lions again were held to just five points for the quarter. In fact, Brackbill had scored more points in the first half on her own with 12 than Juniata Christian did as a team who had 10.
But coming into the second half, the Lions looked like a completely different team. Especially on the defensive side of the ball and quickly applied pressure on East Juniata and created numerous turnovers which led to easy buckets.
In fact, Juniata Christian had outscored the Tigers 25-17 for the whole second half. But it was not enough.
Leading the spirited charge was Erin Sheaffer who led with a team high of 18 points for the evening. Maddie Warner added another seven.
Brackbill was huge for East Juniata and got herself a double-double for the night. She led with a game high of 21 points and collected 14 rebounds. Brackbill also was a big reason for the Tigers being able to close the game out and was five of six shooting from the free throw and was 9-for-11 for the whole game.
East Juniata (9-12) and will travel to face Newport on Thursday. Juniata Christian (7-14) will host Grace Prep today for its senior night.