WILLIAMSPORT - Mifflinburg was able to out score Athens 16-13 in the fourth quarter to knock off the defending District IV champions 43-41 in Class AAA girls' basketball action Tuesday.

Mifflinburg led 18-10 at halftime but Athens rallied in the third quarter, taking a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

With just under five minutes remaining Athens' Danielle Dougherty hit a 3-pointer to tie the game up at 36-all. Mifflinburg then used a 6-2 spurt to take a four point lead with 1:52 left.

Mackenzie Warner then hit a three with 41 seconds to go to make it a 1-point game. At the other end Miffinburg went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe to make it 43-41 with 40 seconds to go.

Mifflinburg followed with a steal and looked to get a game sealing lay-up but Dougherty got down court to draw the charge with 14 seconds left.

Athens got off a three with eight seconds left but missed with the rebound going out of bounds with three ticks left on the clock.

Athens forced a turnover on the in bounds play. They would get a clean shot off but it was off the mark.

"We got two looks," Athens coach Kelly Burkhart said. "Sometimes those shots will fall and sometimes they won't. Luck just wasn't on our side."

The tough first half forced Athens to work extra hard to get back in the game.

"It was not a good first half," Burkart remarked. "We just didn't play our game. Luckily we were able to claw our way back into the game and we had a chance."

Burkart was especially pleased in the second half.

"The second half was great," she said. "I'm proud of the girls, they left it out there in the second half. They looked to attack when they could attack. They looked for their shots, we didn't panic."

Ultimately, turnovers reared their ugly head and doomed Athens.

"Turnovers have been our Achilles' Heel all season," Burkhart said. "They hurt us again tonight in the first half and a copule of times in the fourth quarter."

Warner led Athens with 10 points while Morgan Westbrook had nine. Dougherty netted eight, Rachael Donnelly scored six, Jensen Dunkling and Mackenzie Hafer had three points each while Shanelle Baglini added two.

Kayla Kline led Mifflinburg with 12 points while Sara Stauffer added 11 and Emily Stauffer scored 10. Julia McArdle-Coe chipped in with six while Emily Hess added two.

WILLIAMSPORT - Mifflinburg was able to out score Athens 16-13 in the fourth quarter to knock off the defending District IV champions 43-41 in Class AAA girls' basketball action Tuesday.

Mifflinburg led 18-10 at halftime but Athens rallied in the third quarter, taking a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

With just under five minutes remaining Athens' Danielle Dougherty hit a 3-pointer to tie the game up at 36-all. Mifflinburg then used a 6-2 spurt to take a four point lead with 1:52 left.

Mackenzie Warner then hit a three with 41 seconds to go to make it a 1-point game. At the other end Miffinburg went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe to make it 43-41 with 40 seconds to go.

Mifflinburg followed with a steal and looked to get a game sealing lay-up but Dougherty got down court to draw the charge with 14 seconds left.

Athens got off a three with eight seconds left but missed with the rebound going out of bounds with three ticks left on the clock.

Athens forced a turnover on the in bounds play. They would get a clean shot off but it was off the mark.

"We got two looks," Athens coach Kelly Burkhart said. "Sometimes those shots will fall and sometimes they won't. Luck just wasn't on our side."

The tough first half forced Athens to work extra hard to get back in the game.

"It was not a good first half," Burkart remarked. "We just didn't play our game. Luckily we were able to claw our way back into the game and we had a chance."

Burkart was especially pleased in the second half.

"The second half was great," she said. "I'm proud of the girls, they left it out there in the second half. They looked to attack when they could attack. They looked for their shots, we didn't panic."

Ultimately, turnovers reared their ugly head and doomed Athens.

"Turnovers have been our Achilles' Heel all season," Burkhart said. "They hurt us again tonight in the first half and a copule of times in the fourth quarter."

Warner led Athens with 10 points while Morgan Westbrook had nine. Dougherty netted eight, Rachael Donnelly scored six, Jensen Dunkling and Mackenzie Hafer had three points each while Shanelle Baglini added two.

Kayla Kline led Mifflinburg with 12 points while Sara Stauffer added 11 and Emily Stauffer scored 10. Julia McArdle-Coe chipped in with six while Emily Hess added two.