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Mistakes doom soaring Montour offense

Montoursville coach Jon Weaver challenged his girls to put together a complete scoring game and see what would happen. He was not anticipating the mental mistakes which come with a young team that overshadowed Monday’s aerial attack in a 54-51 loss to Mifflinburg at Mike Mussina Court.

Madalyn Adams led Montoursville’s high-scoring affair with a career-high 20 points, MacKenzie Weaver was right behind her with 19 points, and Alaina Marchioni snuck in 10 points to lead the Warriors’ offense. The Warriors started out hot in the first quarter with Weaver hitting two 3-pointers to open the game and Marchioni, patrolling the left wing, dropped another 3-point bucket as Montoursville led 11-7 after one quarter.

“Maddie has been stepping up and is hitting big shots, MacKenzie has been averaging 16 a game and I challenged them to start putting it all together,” Weaver said. “Then Alaina addded 10, we put together a picture-perfect game, but the turnovers cost us.”

Mifflinburg did not go away as the two sides traded buckets in the second quarter with the Wildcats pulling away late for a one-point halftime lead (25-24). Brooke Catherman was stout inside drawing contact and hitting 6 of 7 from the line and scoring 10 of her 12 points in the second quarter.

Montoursville came out in the second half trying to gain control of the game, but began to show its inexperience with five turnovers in the first six possessions which created easy transition scores for the Wildcats.

“I thought we played very well in certain areas, but we can’t turn the ball over and expect to win games,” Weaver said. “We gave (Mifflinburg) too many points in transition off turnovers and that just can’t happen.”

The Warriors continued to battle through the turnovers and found itself with a 30-29 lead after a wide open Marchioni 3 before Mifflinburg called timeout with five minutes left in the third quarter. The Wildcats regrouped out of the timeout and used its zone defense to stuff the Warriors’ passing lanes and poke out the ball for a fastbreak as Angela Reamer scored all six points in the third quarter on fastbreaks.

“If we can stop the turnovers, we could be a good basketball team. There was a lot of good stuff from the girls tonight, but it was blinded by all of the turnovers,” Weaver said.

Mifflinburg 54, Montoursville 51

MIFFLINBURG (54)

Angela Reamer 3 2-2 9; Maa Shuck 3 2-2 9; Mollie Bomgardner 2 3-5 7; Brooke Catherman 3 6-10 12; Ella Shuck 5 5-6 15; Cassie Keister 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 18-25 54.

MONTOURSVILLE (51)

Alaina Marchioni 4 0-0 10; MacKenzie Weaver 8 0-0 19; Mackenzie Cohick 1 0-4 2; Antone James 0 0-2 0; Madalyn Adams 7 3-4 20. Totals 20 3-10 51.

Mifflinburg 7 18 12 17 — 54

Montoursville 11 13 12 15 — 51

3-point goals: Mifflinburg 2 (Reamer, M. Shuck); Montoursville 10 (Adams 5, Weaver 3, Marchioni 2).

Records: Mifflinburg (8-7), Montoursville (3-10). Next: Shamokin at Montoursville, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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