Mifflin County girls beat Williamsport

Olivia Halfpenny might want to put an offer in on the near corner of Williamsport’s famed Magic Dome.

The senior was routinely left open for long shots and she took advantage of the defensive lapses in helping Mifflin County to an 86-32 win over the Millionaires.

“We wanted to string them out and get good floor spacing,” Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said. “We have a really good perimeter shooting team.”

Good might be under selling his team’s shooting.

After Williamsport opened the game with a 6-2 lead, it was all Mifflin County (10-11) as Halfpenny led a 15-2 charge to close out the first quarter.

The senior forward, who’s nearing 1,000 career points, drained two 3-pointers and finished the opening quarter with 12 points.

“When you have a player of the quality of Halfpenny you need to know where she is,” Williamsport coach Derek Slaughter said. “We were losing her and she was knocking down those open shots. It boils down to communication. A player like Halfpenny is going to make those shots.”

Halfpenny, who played the entire game despite the mercy rule going into effect, finished with a game-high 29 points and canned all five of her free throw attempts. She also keyed the 15-2 run in the first quarter and sparked a 19-0 run in the third.

After a brutal first half, which left Williamsport (4-16) trailing, 41-19, Amy Southard opened the second half with a long 3-pointer. The basket gave Williamsport some life until Halfpenny started another demoralizing run for Mifflin County.

“Once we got some tips and steals going we were able to run the floor and find players in transition. We also found those open three-point shooters,” Kodish said. “I was pleased overall with the pace of the game.”

Mifflin County was patient, at times holding the ball for nearly a minute before striking quick for an open basket.

“You don’t like to see people forcing the issue and we did a good job of finding the open shooters,” Kodish said. “They found the right shooters and got the right shots.”

Evans, who finished with 15 points and four rebounds, did what she could for the Millionaires.

“Aisha is our senior leader. She’s been with us four years and is the heart and soul of the team,” Slaughter said.

Mifflin County (86)

Tara Kibe 2 0-0 4; Kylee Cassatt 3 0-0 7; Logan Snyder 5 8-12 18; Ashleigh Williams 5 0-1 10; Olivia Halfpenny 11 5-5 29; Samantha Hendricks 0 0-0 0; Rebeka Knable 2 2-2 8; Branna Cline 2 2-2 10; Grace Wagner 0 0-0 0, Molly Dunmire 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 17-22 86.

Williamsport (32)

Myeesha Peterson 1 0-0 3; Deidra Dunkleberger 1 0-0 3; Marissa Peterson 2 0-0 4; Aisha Evans 6 2-3 15; Amy Southard 1 0-0 3; Lydia Whaley 1 0-4 2; Janelle Robinson 1 0-2 2. Totals 13 2-9 32.

Mifflin County 19 22 27 18-86

Williamsport 10 9 6 7-32

3-point goals: Mifflin County 5 (Cassatt, Halfpenny 2, Knable 2). Williamsport 4 (Peterson, Dunkleberger, Evans, Southard).

Records: Mifflin County 10-11. Williamsport 4-16.

Next: Mansfield at Williamsport, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Mifflin County at Central Mountain, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.