Basketball

Big early lead propels State College over Trojan girls

By Kellen Stepler

CHAMBERSBURG – State College’s size and ball-handling led them to a victory over Chambersburg in the CASHS Field House on Friday night, winning 45-27 in a Mid Penn Commonwealth girls basketball game.

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The Little Lions (2-3) led 16-4 after the first quarter, and had a 15-point lead at halftime.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons, and we’re trying to build something here on our own,” Trojan coach Justin English said. “I’m not necessarily unhappy with the ending score, but we just need to execute better against the tougher teams. State College was our first kind of real strong opponent we’ve played all year, so we’ll build on it.”

Kiki Walker led Chambersburg (1-3, 0-2 MPC) with 7 points, and Madi Flythe had 5. Rice University commit Maya Bokunewicz had 11 points for State College, and Isabelle Leazier also chipped in 11.

“We said to them, hey, we have to bring energy against this team because they’re playing with a renewed energy for sure,” State College coach Chris Leazier said. “Coach English is doing a great job with them.”

English told the team to not waste time focusing on the loss, because the Trojans are back in action Saturday against Cedar Cliff.

“We’re building on tonight into tomorrow, and hopefully put them in the right position for success,” English said. “You’ve got to forget about this one now, because we’ve got to get ready for another one tomorrow.”

Cedar Cliff comes to CASHS Field House for a doubleheader, with the girls playing at 6 p.m., while the boys follow.

State College 45, Chambersburg 27
STATE COLLEGE
Rylee Gregg 2 1-2 5, Maya Bokunewicz 5 1-4 11, Isabelle Leazier 4 0-0 11, Delia Lower 1 0-0 2, Erie Lenze 1 0-0 2, Jada Coleman 2 1-7 6, Megan Lieb 1 0-0 2, Caitlyn Brannon 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 3-13 45.
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HAMBERSBURG
Kiki Walker 3 0-2 7, Erin Pattillo 0 0-0 0, Madi Flythe 2 0-0 5, Sydney Schmus 1 1-2 3, Bre’ya Clopper 1 0-2 2, Anna Stonesifer 1 1-2 4, Sydni Byers 1 2-2 4, Katie Parker 0 0-0 0, Rosalyn Diehl 0 0-0 0, Allison List 0 0-0 0, Ahsia Thomas 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 4-10 27.
3-point shots – SC 4 (Leazier 3, Coleman 1); Chbg 3 (Walker, Flythe, Stonesifer).
JV: Chambersburg 29, State College 20. Allison List led the Trojans with 8 points.