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For 2 1/2 quarters it was as tight as it could be.

Then Mifflin County ripped off an 18-0 run that spanned the quarter break between the third and fourth periods to pull away from a game Chambersburg Lady Trojan basketball team to win 67-46 in Mid Penn Commonwealth Division action Friday night at CASHS Field House.

Mifflin County (7-3, 3-3 MPC) was in front, 37-33, when Rebeka Knable knocked down a trifecta from the left corner that jump-started the pivotal run with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

A bucket by Ashleigh Williams, followed by Olivia Halfpenny's layup at the quarter horn upped the lead to 44-33 heading for the final stanza.

The Lady Huskies continued to widen their lead early in the fourth quarter, starting the frame with 3-pointers from Knable and Logan Snyder. Snyder's hoop, and Williams' old-fashioned 3-point play made it 55-33 with 5:19 remaining.

Marshay Ryan finally stopped the run with a free throw with 5:05 to go.

"We came out of the gate slow tonight and Chambersburg took it to us early," Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said. "I challenged our girls at halftime to be better at both ends of the floor in the second half, and they were."

Chambersburg (3-7, 1-5 MPC) started the night very well. Darra Walker canned a trio of 3-pointers in the opening quarter to help the Lady Trojans to a 15-6 advantage with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter.


They led 18-14 after one.

Mifflin County took its first lead on Knable's 3-pointer with 3:23 to go until halftime that put her team ahead, 23-22.

The Trojans went to the locker room holding a 26-25 lead after Angeline Hang banked in a jumper from the left elbow with 12 seconds to go in the half.

"We had a lot more intensity and our shots were falling in the first half," Chambersburg coach Jenny Schmutzler said. "Our energy was up, we were playing good defense, and the adrenaline that came from playing good defense was helping us to knock down shots."

Chambersburg struggled all night to contain Williams and Halfpenny - the duo combined for 45 points. Williams put in 25 points, on 9-of-15 shooting, to go along with five assists. And Halfpenny added 20 points, on 7-of-9 shooting, along with six boards. Knable added 13 points, and Snyder completed the Lady Huskies' scoring with nine.

"We knew about 12 (Williams) and 13 (Halfpenny)," Schmutzler said. "They did a great job of getting her (Halfpenny) open by setting good screens, and 12 hurt us, too."

Walker and Ryan paced the Lady Trojans with 11 points apiece and Ryan added 11 rebounds, while drawing praise from Kodish for her athletic ability.

"Ryan is a pleasure to watch. So athletic," Kodish said. "It's not hard to see why she is a (NCAA) Division I track athlete."

For the night, Mifflin County shot 22-of-41 (54 percent) from the field, while limiting Chambersburg to 17-of-62 (27 percent) shooting.

Mifflin County 67

Chambersburg 46

Mifflin County

Tara Kibe 0-0 0-0 0, Maggie Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Micaela Mills 0-0 0-0 0, Kylee Cassatt 0-5 0-0 , Logan Snyder 3-5 2-2 9, Ashleigh Wiliams 9-15 6-8 25, Olivia Halfpenny 7-9 4-4 20, Samantha Hendricks 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Dunmire 0-1 0-1 0, Rebeka Knable 3-6 4-6 13, Breanna Cline 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-41 16-21 67.


Darra Walker 4-16 0-0 11, Kaitlyn Rush 3-10 0-0 8, Tayana Harrison 0-1 0-0 0, Crystal Thomas 2-5 2-3 6, Marshay Ryan 4-12 3-7 11, Mandy Bell 1-4 0-0 3, Angeline Hang 3-13 1-2 7, Shannon Edwards 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-62 6-12 46.

Mifflin County 14 11 19 23 - 67

Chambersburg 18 8 7 13 - 46

3-point shots - MC 7-15 (Knable 3, Halfpenny 2, Snyder, Williams); Chbg 6-23 (Walker 3, Rush 2, Bell). Shooting - MC 53.7%; Chbg 27.4%. Rebounds - MC 35 (Knable 8); Chbg 37 (Ryan 11). Assists - MC 9 (Williams 5); Chbg 11 (Walker, Thomas 3). Turnovers - MC 21; Chbg 16. Fouled out - Hang.

JV: Mifflin County 42, Chambersburg 35.

Next game: Tuesday, at Harrisburg, 7:30.