KYLA IRWIN is a 6’2″ Forward from Lemont , PA ( State College H.S. ) . She played AAU with the Central PA Elite. The University of CONNECTICUT pledge is also a standout for her high school Volleyball team that has made it to the State playoffs . Last season on the hardwood, Kyla averaged 19.6 points and 13 rebounds a game as a Sophomore , helping the Lady Little Lions to a 17-7 record, a District 6 Class AAAA title and a trip to the second round of the PIAA tournament. She scored 24 points with 11 rebounds in the District 6 championship game over Altoona last February. She was selected as a 2nd team AP All – State member. Kyla scored 509 points for the season and also averaged three assists, two blocks and two steals per game. She carries 936 career points into her junior season, which will begin in December. She picked UConn over Penn State, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, St. Joseph’s, Providence, Michigan and DePaul.
Kyla is the daughter of State College coach Bethany Irwin, the former Bethany Collins, who played at Branford High (in CT ) and helped the Hornets to two state championships before graduating in 1984, when she began her career at Penn State playing for Rene Portland.
“I can tell you, as her coach, I can tell as her mother, she is going to work extremely hard,” Bethany says. “She will push until she gets as far as she can go. She grew up in my gym, my basketball gym. I’ve coached for 22 years and Kyla’s been there with me for 17. She’s been on the bus rides, sitting on the couch with me breaking down film or scouting as asking questions. She wants to coach college. That’s her goal.”
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