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Jersey Shore girls fall to Mifflinburg, 44-36

Jersey Shore had a difficult time maneuvering through Mifflinburg’s zone defense Wednesday night as the Bulldogs fell, 44-36, to the Wildcats to move to 1-2.

Brooke Catherman scored a game-high 17 points for Mifflinburg to go along with two blocks and a steal.

Wildcats coach Kris Shuck said Wednesday’s eight-point win over the Bulldogs did not come easy.

“It was a hard-fought win. Jersey Shore played some good man-to-man defense, we got rattled at sometimes but in the end, we settled down I thought. We moved the ball and took of the ball a little bit better at the end,” Shuck said.

From the game’s start Jersey Shore struggled to find open shots. Mifflinburg’s stingy 3-2 zone gave the Bulldogs problems all night.

The Wildcats converted steals into points in the opening quarter and led 12-7 after one.

After a low-scoring first quarter the second proved to be the highest scoring of the game. Catherman, who sank five free-throws in the win for Mifflinburg, earned three of the five in the second quarter. As for Jersey Shore, It was a solid quarter for Devon Walker who scored five of her eight points.

Walker and Grace Lorson connected on back-to-back 3-pointers prior to the end of the first half to bring Jersey Shore within three points at the break.

The scoring slowed down in the third quarter as both defenses dug in.

Mifflinburg was able to take a 31-27 lead into the game’s final quarter thanks to its defense recovering many steals in the third.

Shuck said his team discussed defensive pressure at halftime.

“We really picked our defense up, we talked about it halftime. We knew the potential that we could score, we had a magic number we tried to keep them under. The girls stepped up in a big way and I’m proud of them. We wanted to apply more pressure. The girls did a much better job in the second being active with their hands and moving with every pass. When you get some tips, some deflections you might get some bounces your way,” Shuck said.

The start of the fourth quarter is when the Wildcats began to pull away. Mifflinburg opened it on a 7-0 run to stretch its lead to 10 points.

Olivia Erickson and Ellie Shuck played crucial roles on both ends of the court for Mifflinburg down the stretch.

Mifflinburg’s lead grew to 14 with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Shore cut the lead to six at the 4:30 mark but that was as close as it got the rest of the way out.

The Bulldogs failed to convert turnovers into points.

Jersey Shore coach Darrin Bischof was pleased with his team’s effort despite the loss.

“They’re scrappy, they play hard. That’s what we are,” Bischof said. “We have a lot of young players on our team. It’s a mix of upperclassmen and lowerclassmen. I told them they played hard but we just didn’t take advantage of some turnovers we created. We need those break opportunities to score.”

Bischof said the hustle on display from his team will payoff later this season.

“The hustle is there; the effort is there. We will get better as the season goes along,” he said.

Mifflinburg 44, Jersey Shore 36.

MIFFLINBURG (44)

Brooke Catherman 5 6-8 17, Ella Shuck 5 3-6 15, Olivia Erickson 2 0-0 4, Avery Metzger 2 0-0 4, Jenna Haines 1 0-0 2, Alexis Scoppeliti 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 9-14 44.

JERSEY SHORE (36)

Delaney Herbst 5 0-2 10, Devon Walker 3 1-2 8, Grace Lorson 2 0-0 5, Rachel Lorson 1 3-4 5, Sophia Kaufffman 2 0-0 4, Aubrey Schillign 2 0-0 4.

Mifflinburg 12 12 7 13 – 44

Jersey Shore 7 14 7 8 – 36

3-point goals: Mifflinburg 3 (Ella Shuck 2, Brooke Catherman 1) ; Jersey Shore 2 (Devon Walker 1, Grace Lorson 1.)

Records: Jersey Shore (1-2), Mifflinburg (1-1).

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