It was a night for girls’ basketball milestones in State College’s North Gym on Friday night.
Kyla Irwin scored the 1,000th point of her career, helping the Lady Little Lions to a 57-41 victory over Central Dauphin, and earning career win No. 400 for for her mother and coach, Bethany Irwin.
“It wasn’t the (milestone) I was thinking about,” Bethany Irwin said of the victory. “For any of the kids to go through the program and hit that accomplishment, we are very proud. She joins such a great group of girls that I have coached.”
Kyla Irwin is the fifth to reach the 1,000-point mark during her mother’s 22 seasons leading the program.
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She reached the milestone with a second-quarter layup.
“It’s really cool,” Kyla Irwin said. “Not many people get to do it at the beginning of their junior year, and now I’m halfway to my next goal (2,000 points). I’m really happy my teammates realized that we were close and tried to get me the ball.”
Irwin, who has given an oral commitment to defending national champion Connecticut, finished with a game-high 21 points, putting her at 1,012 points. Ali Treglia netted 14 points and Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh added a dozen for the Lady Little Lions (2-2, 1-1 Mid Penn Conference).
State College held a four-point lead at halftime, but an 8-0 run for the Rams to open the third quarter had them in the lead briefly before the Lady Little Lions turned the tables with a 10-0 run, then outscored Central Dauphin 20-10 over the final eight minutes.
“It was a good win, a hard-fougth win for them,” Bethany Irwin said.