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Irwin leads State girls to victory over Huskies

By Kenny Varner


LEWISTOWN – State College came to play.

With future UConn verbal commit, Kayla Irwin leading the way offensively, the Little Lions basketball team opened their contest against Mifflin County in a big way, outscoring the home team 20-7 in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating the Huskies 74-41 at Tuesday at the Mifflin County High School Gym.

Irwin led her team with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds while teammate Ali Treglia and Jalyn Shelton- Burleigh followed up with a 15-point and 12-point effort, respectively.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers for State College was Maggie Hurley with 10.

Mifflin County was led by a strong offensive effort by Jessa Wright. Wright finished the contest with 16 points while Maggie Wilson was fearless taking the ball in traffic, finishing with 12.

“They shot very well. I looked at State College on tape twice and they didn’t shoot that well. They shot very well tonight. With them you try to pick your poison a little bit. You try to take some players away that you know are going to do something. You let a couple of their players have a few shot, on tape, we didn’t think they were making and they made it tonight. If they can a supporting cast and some of those other kids to make shots like that, obviously going to be better,” Mifflin County coach Roger Hero said.

In the first, Irwin got the game started with the first bucket of the game, working strong inside with 7:15 left in the first.

After a Mifflin County turnover, Brenna Adams put the Little Lions up by four when she hit a jumper.

Mifflin County got on the board at the 5:30 mark when Wright picked up her own rebound and sent it up, cutting the lead in half. Wright had five boards in the game as did teammate Bryn Ferguson.

State College heated up offensively and outscored the Huskies 16-5 in the final five minutes of the opening quarter, making it 20-7.

In the scoring run, Burleigh tallied four.

Eleana Eckley finished as the leading scorer for Mifflin County with three while Rylie Rittenhouse and Wright tallied two appeace.

“Our story is that we are not shooting well to win ball games. I don’t think its bad shots. Some of it you give credit to what they are doing,” Herto said. “But when you constantly game after game after game are shooting a percentage that had us for 8-27 in the second half and similar to those numbers in the first, your not going to win many basketball games.”

Irwin caught fire in the second quarter, leading her team to an 8-point performance in the stanza that helped put her team ahead 41-20 as the two teams went into the intermission.

Mifflin County improved its offensive output from the first quarter, scoring 13 points.

Wilson and Wright both contributed four in the quarter.

The Huskies got its best performance on the offensive side, netting 15. However, it was only a point from the Little Lions who had 14.

State College continued to be able to break down the Huskies defense in the final stanza as well, outscoring the Huskies 19-6 en route to the 74-41 victory.

In the JV contest, State College swept Mifflin County, defeating the Huskies 48-25.

Mifflin County will be back in action on Monday, December 29th when they travel to Wildwood, New Jersey to compete in the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

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