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State Tops MC
Dec. 24, 2014
Irwin, State dazzle MC girls
Shooting woes plague home team in loss
December 24, 2014, Lewistown Sentinel Save |
LEWISTOWN - State College came to play.
With future UConn verbal commit Kyla Irwin leading the way offensively, the Little Lions girls basketball team opened Tuesday's contest against Mifflin County in a big way, outscoring the home team 20-7 in the first quarter and never looking back.
State College defeated the Huskies 74-41 in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth contest.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY?KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Rylie Rittenhouse (30) gets under the basket for a shot past State College’s Kyla Irwin Tuesday evening in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
Irwin led her team with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds while teammate Ali Treglia and Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh followed up with 15- and 12-point efforts, respectively.
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," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "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 shots, on tape, we didn't think they were making and they made it tonight. If they have a supporting cast and some of those other kids to make shots like that, obviously they're going to be better."
In the first, Irwin got the game started working strong inside. 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.
"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-for-27 in the second half and similar to those numbers in the first, you're not going to win many basketball games."
Irwin caught fire in the second quarter, leading her team to an eight-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 their best performance on the offensive side, netting 15. However, it was only a point more than 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 Mifflin County 19-6 en route to the 74-41 victory.
In the JV contest, State College defeated the Huskies 48-25.
Mifflin County will be back in action on Dec. 29 when they travel to Wildwood, New Jersey, to compete in the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.
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