About the only thing State College lost in its 62-12 win over Carlisle was the opening tip, and even that victory for the Thundering Herd was short lived.
Carlisle’s Megan Bisker guided the tip to Aaliyah Ravenel, who got in three or four dribbles before Anna Stevenson picked the contents of her pocket and headed the other direction.
The senior had a reasonably clear path to the basket but opted to drop it off to her teammate Taylor Allison, who laid it in. It would be a pattern repeated quite often.
“Well, I know that a lot of people have better shots than me,” Stevenson said. “So I just pass it to the person who has a better chance of making it.”
Stevenson had a game-high six assists to go with her six points and five steals.
For most of the night, freshman Kyla Irwin, who had a game-high 20 points, was on the receiving end of timely Stevenson dishes. The duo worked the pick-and-roll as if they’d been doing it for years.
“Anna did a nice job,” head coach Bethany Irwin said. “They all did. They’re very unselfish. We teach them to work to get the best shot and we want to make sure we get it in the hot hands. Every game has been different. Sometimes that’s one of our guards ... sometimes its a post player.”
Against the Thundering Herd, it was Kyla Irwin.
She scored 10 of the Lady Little Lions’ first-quarter points en route to a 22-1 first quarter advantage. She scored 16 in the first half as State College dominated to a 40-1 halftime advantage.
“We just have to vow to improve,” Carlisle head coach Robert Smetana said. “We talked about that at halftime. We have a game on Wednesday (Mifflin County) so we had to come out in the second half and fix things that were wrong.”
The Thundering Herd were just outmatched.
“We like to try to build off our defense a lot,” Kyla Irwin said. “Our defense is one of our strengths.”
State College routinely stole the ball from Carlisle and ran down the court for easy layups.
Jenna Altomare scored six points, Meghan Karstetter chipped in four as did Taylor Allison, Carrie Mahon and Ali Treglia. Morgan Kaluza had two and Franki Treglia had three.
State College played hard to the final buzzer but sportsmanship was always present during the lopsided contest.
Late in the third quarter, after Carlisle’s Tiffany Bauer fell awkwardly, Altomare waited for her at halfcourt as her teammates sped past with the ball. She patted Bauer on the back as she passed to see if she was okay.
State College will travel to Chambersburg (2-1) on Wednesday.