FORT LORAMIE — It was not the start, but the finish for the Miami East girls basketball team on a perfect 2-0 weekend to start the season.
For the second straight night, the Vikings battled out of a huge hole Saturday night to win its home opener with Mechanicsburg 45-38.
It took almost seven minutes for the Vikings to get its first field goal — a Logan Phillips jumper.
East trailed 9-0 and 12-2 and still found itself in a 15-6 hole after one quarter.
The Vikings opened the second quarter with seven straight points — two Maryn Gross free throws, a three by Camryn Francis and a basket by Phillips — to get within 15-13 and East trailed just 20-18 at half.
The Vikings used a big second half from McKayah Musselman to complete the comeback.
Musselman scored all 16 of her points in the second half — including nine in the third quarter as East outpointed Mechancisburg 11-4 to open a 29-24 lead.
East opened a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter before Mechanicsburg battled back.
When Addie DeLong scored off a steal and layup with 4o seconds to go, the Indians were within 41-38.
But, Musselman answered with a three-point play and Gross had a steal to seal the win.
Phillips had another strong floor game and scored seven points, as did Gross.
Katie Paulus netted six and Francis scored five.
DeLong provided half the Indians offense with 19 points.
On Friday, East used some lethal 3-point shooting to rally from a slow start and knock off Fort Loramie 36-33.
The Vikings trailed 9-2 after just one quarter of play.
But, East would seven of 15 shots from long range in the game, pulling even at 14-14 at halftime.
The Vikings led 24-19 after three quarters and opened an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, before Loramie rallied to get within three.
Phillips had 11 points, hitting three of five from long range and had four of the Vikings 13 steals.
Jacqueline Kadel scored seven points, hitting two of three 3-pointers. She filled out the stat sheet with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Gross had six points, four rebounds and three assists and Francis had five points and five rebounds.
Paulus dished out three assists.
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union girls basketball team got off to a fast start Saturday morning and never looked back in a non-conference win at home.
The Bulldogs led 16-4, 37-7 and 48-13 at the quarter breaks.
Jenna Brumbaugh filled out the stat sheet with 18 points, eightrebounds, three assists and four steals.
Kate Copp scored 15 points and had four rebounds and four assists.
Shannon Brumbaugh had 12 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots and Ava Berberich added six points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Brooklyn Crickmore led Bradford with nine points and 12 reboounds and Ryleigh Dotson scored nine points.
Megan Wood had eight rebounds and four assists and Vivian Harleman had five rebounds and two blocked shots.
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JACKSON CENTER — The Bethel girls basketball team dropped a road game Friday night to open the season.
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