Mifflin County girls cruise past Seals in runaway contest
Jan 30, 2023

By Kenny Varner

LEWISTOWN – Home is where the ‘win’ is.

In its final regular season contest Monday, the MIfflin County girls basketball team made possibly its last home appearance in front of its family and fans an impressive one as they dominated Selinsgrove in a total team effort, 69-29.

The Lady Huskies finished with 10 players on the final stat sheets en route to the 40-point victory.

“Overall it was a good team win and I guess if this is the last game the seniors play on this court it was nice to go out with a comfortable victory,” said MIfflin County coach Aaron Gingrich. “However, you never know what the playoffs will hold. Depending on where the seedings fall, we might be able to host a playoff game.”

Mifflin County was led by Marissa Gingrich who had a game-high 21-point effort, five rebounds and over 10 assists, just missing a triple double. She was strong from beyond the three-point line, posting four.

Jalee Bodtorf was sizzling from three-point range, posting three in just limited action.

Jacee Cunningham was a strong defensive force also finished strong offensively with eight points. Teammate Riley Hine also finished with eight in the victory.

Maelyn Gingrich hit two from downtown as well, finishing with six.

All in all, the Huskies finished with eight triples.

On the boards, MIfflin County was led by Aija Binder who ripped down eight boards, five of which came on the offensive end.

Selinsgrove was led by Hannah Presgraves’ 8-point evening.

“We were very aggressive at both ends of the floor,” said Gingrich. “Selinsgrove can out in a box-in-one on Marissa so it took us a little while to get going because we have t seen a box in one in several games. But once she (Marissa) started knocking down shots and started distributing in transition Selinsgrove was really in trouble because you can’t stay in a junk defense when your trailing by 25 points.”

In the opening quarter, the Huskies went right to work, the Seals stayed close in the first few minutes of the contest at 8-6.

In the run, MIfflin County got buckets from Gingrich, Amelia Leister, Binder and Hine.

The Seals would call a time out to regroup but it would be the Lady Huskies that would take the momentum.

Coming out of the time out, Gingrich would take a long three, upping it to an 11-6 advantage.

Mifflin County and Selinsgrove both finished the period with four, making it a 15-10 advantage.

Defensively, the Lady Huskies put the pinch on the Seals as they held their offense to just six points in the period.

Mifflin County would start to sizzle offensively, exploding with a 17-point effort.

Going into the intermission, MIfflin County held a comfortable 32-16 advantage.

From there, MIfflin County would end the second half with a 20-point third and then 17 more in the fourth to cruise to the easy 40-point victory.

In the JV contest, MIfflin County won 34-24.

Mifflin County 69, Selinsgrove 29

SE      10   6  4   9 – 29

MC    15 17 20 17 – 69

Scoring: Selinsgrove – Erika Piepszarski 1 0-0 2, Murphy O’Brien 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Latsha 3 1-2 7, Shaela Kruskie 2 0-1 5, Haylee Nava 1 0-0 3, Hannah Presgraves 3 0-0 8, Kristin Shaffer 0 2-4 2. Totals 11 3-7 29.

Mifflin County – Aija Binder 1 0-0 2, Amelia Leister 2 0-0 4, Jacee Cunningham 4 0-0 8, Jalee Bodtorf 3 0-0 9, Marissa Gingrich 8 1-2 21, Maelyn Gingrich 2 0-0 6, Riley Hine 4 0-0 8, MacKenzie Peachey 2 0-0 5, MiKayla Bodley 2 0-0 4, Gracen Haines 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 1-2 69.

Played but didn’t score: Selinsgrove – Grace Marrone 0 0-0 0, Natalie Howe 0 0-0 0, Gillian Hackenberg 0 0-0 0, Maddie Benner 0 0-0 0. MIfflin County – Tressie Bender 0 0-0 0, Rylee Retherford 0 0-0 0,

3-point shots: Selinsgrove – Kruskie, Nava, Presgraves 2. MIfflin County – Bodtorf 3, Marissa Gingrich 4, Peachey.

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