Altoona’s cold shooting leads to blowout loss

When the shots aren’t falling, it’s tough to win a basketball game. Combine that with the strong inside play of State College’s Kyla Irwin, and it adds up to a 24-point loss for the Altoona girls basketball team.

The Lady Lions made just 7-of-31 3-pointers in their regular-season finale, a 66-42 loss to State College Wednesday at the AAHS Fieldhouse.

“We took a ton of 3s and didn’t make them,” Altoona coach Jill Helsel said. “The outside shots weren’t falling. We were getting the ball inside as well but weren’t able to finish those plays. Kyla Irwin’s a real presence inside.”

The sophomore forward scored 24 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Lady Little Lions.

“She played really hard. That’s the hardest I’ve ever seen her play,” State College coach Bethany Irwin said. “She moved well along the baseline, making strong, quick moves to the basket.”

Altoona closed out the regular season at 9-11. The Lady Lions are expected to play Hollidaysburg in the first round of the District 6 Class AAAA playoffs Saturday at a time and venue to be announced today.

“It’s a new season. We’ll get back in the gym, prepare for Hollidaysburg and see how it goes from there,” Helsel said.

Altoona dropped both regular- season games against Hollidaysburg by a combined total of 11 points.

Against State College, Darby Lee led the Lady Lions with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lauren Donley added 12 points.

Altoona took an early 10-5 lead on 3-pointers by Donley and McKenzie Hatch. Lee added a jump shot from the elbow and a layup.

State College finished the quarter with a 17-5 run. Bridget King started the spurt with a jump shot and continued it with a fade away jumper followed by a 3-pointer for seven of her 14 points.

Carrie Mahon’s 3-pointer from just inside the midcourt line at the buzzer put the Lady Little Lions up 22-14 after one quarter.

State College opened up a 34-18 lead late in the first half with a 10-0 run. Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh and Ali Treglia scored back-to-buckets on the fast break.

“Our transition game was strong right from the beginning. Carrie Mahon was outstanding. She made some nice passes. She sees the floor so well,” Bethany Irwin said.

King drained a 3 from the wing, and Irwin finished the run with a 3-point play when she was fouled making a layup.

Altoona scored the final five points of the half. Lee converted a pair of free throws, and Donley hit a late 3-pointer to make it a 34-23 game at the break.

State College started the second half with eight straight points and led 50-34 after three quarters before opening up a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The game was the regular season finale for State College as well. The Lady Little Lions finished with a 15-7 record and are expected to play Mifflin County in the bracket opposite Altoona-Hollidaysburg Saturday at a time and location to be announce today as well.

STATE COLLEGE (66): Treglia 4 4-4 12, Mahon 3 1-2 8, Irwin 7 10-13 24, King 6 0-0 14, Shelton-Burleigh 4 0-0 8, Hurley 0 0-0 0, Lenze 0 0-0 0, Swanson 0 0-0 0. Totals – 24 15-19 66.

ALTOONA (42): Hatch 1 1-4 4, Dibert 0 0-0 0, L. Donley 4 0-0 12, S. Donley 1 0-0 3, Lee 7 4-4 18, Muffie 1 0-0 2, Davis 0 0-0 0, Knab 1 0-0 3, Caracciolo 0 0-0 0, Mayhue 0 0-0 0. Totals – 15 5-8 42.


State College22 12 16 16 – 66

Altoona14 9 11 8 – 42

3-point goals: State College 3 (Mahon, King); Altoona 7 (L. Donley 4, S. Donley, Hatch, Knab).

Records: State College (15-7); Altoona (9-11).

JV: Altoona, 54-27. High scorers-Witter, SC, 9; Mayhue, Knab, A, 14.