By Joe Gilloway
Coming off a week where one of the state’s toughest leagues reared its ugly head on his Lady Rams team, coach Randy Gambelunghe was looking to keep them grounded and confident when the Lady Huskies from Mifflin County hit the Central Dauphin Sports Complex gym.
And after an offensively sluggish first eight minutes, there were no signs of hangover. They finished on the good end of a 51-16 contest that was competitive for around the first four minutes of the game.
Huskies’ head coach Roger Herto employed an effective box-and-one defense, with the “one” being his pesky sophomore guard, Hannah Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was tasked with keeping senior guard Sam Gress without good looks from behind the 3-point arc, and for the better part of the night it worked.
But then came junior guard Haleigh Lackner and her eighty-four feet of mayhem. Lackner had nine steals in the first half alone, added four more in the third quarter, and finished the game in the mid-teens. Yes, this is steals we’re talking about.
The Rams defense held the Huskies to just 8 first-half points, and then shut them out in the third. With the help of a couple late, mop-up 3’s in the fourth by Huskies reserve guard Mya Aumiller, Mifflin County was able to squeeze out 16 points on the night. But it was a squeeze.
Gress, despite the aggressive defense played against her all night, led all scorers with 15, including three 3’s. Sophomore guard Izzy Vogel added 9, followed by Haleigh Lackner’s 7.
6′ 2″ sophomore Molly Wagoner, the biggest offensive challenge coming in for the Rams, finished the game with 5 points, all in the first half. Rittenhouse, with her two 3’s, led the Huskies in scoring with 6.
Pictured: Senior guard Sam Gress was tightly guarded but still poured in 15 against Mifflin County to lead all scorers. (Photo by Neil Renaldi.)