State College’s Kyla Irwin reached another major milestone Tuesday night.
The Lady Little Lion senior became the Lady Little Lion basketball team’s all-time scoring leader, but it wasn’t quite enough in a 45-42 loss to Harrisburg.
Irwin, who reached 1,000 career rebounds last week, scored 17 points to give her 1,632 points over her four-year career.
“We would have wanted to get the game first,” said her mother and coach, Bethany Irwin. “We talk about leaving a mark, not just for a career but for an individual season, and see what you can do each season. I think Kyla is definitely going to leave her mark at State College.”
Irwin also learned Monday night she has been nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game, which will be played March 30 at the United Center in Chicago. The Connecticut recruit, one of 14 nominated from Pennsylvania, will find out Jan. 17 if she will play in the top high school all-star game in the nation.
Irwin passed 2002 graduate Katie Glusko’s previous program standard of 1,630 points. Glusko, who was once a baby-sitter for a young Kyla Irwin, went on to play at West Virginia.
Jessie Orndorff added a career-high 15 points for the Lady Little Lions (8-2, 4-2 Mid Penn Commonwealth), who dropped into a third-place tie with Harrisburg in the conference standings.
Dajahnae Brannon’s 14 points paced the Cougars (10-2, 4-2), who were held well below their scoring average of close to 70 points a game. The team also got 11 points each for Ahmya Woodyard and Tysha Brown. Brown, a Providence recruit, also was selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game. She was held well below her 24-points-per-game average by Casey Witter.
Brannon had been 0 for 7 from the foul line, but made two in the final seconds to help wrap up the win as the Cougars rallied from a 34-27 deficit as the fourth quarter began.
“We were fouling the right kid, but she hit the right two at the end,” Bethany Irwin said. “We knew going in, their man-to-man pressure defense was going to be tough. We just fell short.”
The Lady Little Lions host Mifflin County on Friday night.