Halifax girls win TVL title

Lady Wildcats, Pine Grove, Line Mountain open post-season play this week

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MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard The Halifax Lady Wildcats pose for a picture after winning the 2016-2017 Tri-Valley League Girls Championship, defeating Juniata 44-29 in the title game Feb. 17 at Line Mountain High School. Team members and coaches are, from left, front row, Maddie Flinkinger, Ella Starr, Hollie Long, Jordan Ashberry, Taylor Lenker, Kylie Egli, Lauren Shumber; back row, head coach Dean Kerstetter, Melody Davis, Amanda Acri, Lucy Spicher, Brynn Miller, Brianna Turner, Mallori Bingaman, and assistant coach Erin Kerstetter.

Halifax started their postseason off with a big win, defeating both East Juniata and Juniata to win the Tri-Valley League Championship, heading into District III that will begin on Friday, Feb. 24.
Pine Grove, the lone area qualifier in District XI, had a rough start to their second season, dropping out of the Schuylkill League playoffs with a 68-39 to eventual champion Minersville on Friday, Feb. 14. The Lady Cardinals will open up play in the District XI Class AAA tournament as the fourth seed with a game on Friday, Feb. 24 at Martz Hall, Pottsville against Collegium Charter School.
Line Mountain earned the fourth seed in the District IV Class AA tournament, earning a home game against fifth-seeded Muncy, which was played Tuesday, Feb. 21 after this issue went to press.


Tri-Valley League Championship
Halifax 44, Juniata 29
MANDATA — Halifax improved to 21-3 on the year and picked up the Tri-Valley League championship in the process, dominating Juniata for four quarters at Line Mountain High School.
Juniata was held to single-digit scoring in all four quarters. Halifax, the second seed in the District III Class A rankings, will open up district postseason play on Friday, Feb. 24, meeting the winner of the Feb. 20 meeting between Conestoga Christian and Mount Calvary Christian. The top six teams in the district move on to the PIAA Class A tournament.
In the TVL title game, Melody Davis scored 13 points to lead the Lady Wildcats while Brianna Turner and Lucy Spicher notched 11 points each.
JUNIATA (29) — Ja. Swartz 0 0-0 0, Jo. Swartz 3 4-4 10, Ju. Swartz 0 3-4 3, Lowery 0 1-2 1, Zendt 0 0-0 0, Shepps 3 1-2 7, Brosius 2 4-5 8, Clark 0 0-0 0, Kint 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 13-19 29.
HALIFAX (44) — Bingaman 0 0-1 0, Miller 1 5-6 7, Starr 0 0-0 0, Spicher 3 5-9 11, Acri 0 0-0 0, Custer 1 0-0 2, Davis 5 3-7 13, Turner 5 1-2 11. Totals 15 14-25 44.
Juniata — 8 6 8 7 — 29
Halifax — 10 11 12 11 — 44
Tri-Valley League semifinals
Halifax 40, East Juniata 29
HALIFAX — Using an 18-5 run in the fourth quarter, the Lady Wildcats earned their spot in the Tri-Valley League championship game on Feb. 17 at Line Mountain High School.
Halifax and East Juniata were tied at 13 at the break and then East Juniata led by two after the third period before the Wildcats took control of the game.
Brianna Turner led Halifax with 14 points while Brynn Miller scored 11 in the win.
Halifax will take on Juniata, who was a 71-50 winner over Line Mountain in the other semifinal. The two teams will meet at Line Mountain on Feb. 17.
EAST JUNIATA (29) — Amey 3 1-4 8, Heimbach 2 0-0 4, Sankey 0 2-4 2, Hibbs 4 0-0 8, Lash 0 0-0 0, Weidner 3 1-2 7, Terry 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 4-10 29.
HALIFAX (40) — Bingaman 0 1-2 1, Miller 2 7-8 1, Spicher 3 2-3 8, Custer 0 0-0 0, Davis 3 0-2 6, Turner 5 4-4 14, Ashberry 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 14-19 40.
East Juniata — 6 7 11 5 — 29
Halifax — 7 6 9 18 — 40
3-point FGs: Amey.
Schuylkill League semifinals
Minersville 69, Pine Grove 38
POTTSVILLE — Pine Grove stayed within three after the first quarter of play with the undefeated Minersville Battlin’ Miners at Martz Hall, Pottsville, but the Miners had four players in double-digit scoring to pull away and advance in the Schuylkill League tournament.
Rachel Edge led Pine Grove with 12 points in the game while Jen Kaufman scored eight points.
Pine Grove, 18-5 for the season, now waits for their first opponent in the District XI Class playoffs, standing as the fourth seed.
PINE GROVE (38) — Conrad 1 1-2 4, Edge 5 2-2 14, Shiffer 2 2-4 6, Flick 0 0-0 0, Butler 0 0-0 0, Kaufman 3 2-4 8, Sleva 1 0-0 2, Betz 0 0-0 0, Boyer 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 7-12 38.
MINERSVILLE (69) — Kuehn 0 0-0 0, Nawrocki 1 0-0 2, Kriston 2 0-0 4, Graeff 0 0-0 0, Schoffstall 4 4-6 12, A. Kroznuskie 0 0-0 0, Bentz 0 0-0 0, Mealey 9 4-4 22, Ad. Kroznuskie 5 5-5 16, Wigoda 5 3-4 13. Totals 23 16-19 69.
Pine Grove — 9 11 10 8 — 38
Minersville — 12 18 21 18 — 69
3-point FGs: Conrad, Ad. Kroznuskie.

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