After a tight first half, the State College girls’ basketball team honored its alumni in the best way it could with a 50-23 victory over Hazleton on Monday night.
The Lady Little Lions were up just 23-17 at halftime, but then turned on the defense to hold the Cougars to six second-half points.
“Their lineup was really short and scrappy, and they came from behind us to force a lot of turnovers,” State College coach Bethany Irwin said. “Once we crossed halfcourt I knew they couldn’t handle us inside. After halftime we adjusted, we sagged into a zone ... and once we slowed the tempo of the game down, it took them out of the game.”
Kyla Irwin’s 14 points and Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh’s 13 paced the Lady Little Lions (6-0), while Ali Treglia added eight points.
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At halftime, the program honored better than 40 alumni who helped build the program, with those on hand graduating as recently as last June and as long ago as 1967
“It was a great turnout,” Bethany Irwin said. “I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t sure how many would show up, but it was good to have a game right before the holiday so they could be here.”