It’s been an eventful two days for the Central Penn women’s basketball team. On Sunday night, they traveled to the Catskills and defeated SUNY Delhi, 83–76, to earn the program’s first win over an NCAA-affiliated school.
On Monday evening, they overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Wilson College, 77–75, in Chambersburg.
Both wins were powered by 40+ points from the Knights Ja’Lynn Burton. Against SUNY, the former Middletown High School standout chipped in 42 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks. “She did it all,” said Knights Coach Kasey Hicks. “Additionally, she went 9–9 from the foul line!”
Burton got strong support from teammates, with Hannah Brown scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds. Alexis Pinnick and Leana Borreli each added seven points.
“I am beyond proud of how the girls came to play against SUNY. I challenged them before the game to make history,” said Hicks, who also is an admissions counselor for the college. “They earned that win and are making history for our CPC women’s program. I couldn’t ask much more from them after that one––it was a complete game with a great outcome!”
Against Wilson, Burton came up with the hot hand again, knocking in 43 points and grabbing six boards. Brown pumped in 14 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds. Wislene Verna and Pinnick each chipped in six points apiece.
The Lady Knights trailed by 15 points at halftime, 52–37. At the start of the third quarter, Wilson’s Jordyn Day hit two 3-pointers, putting the home team up by 21 points. That kind of deficit in the third quarter would’ve sunk most teams, but not this year’s Lady Knights.
They continued to fight back and went on a 15–4 run to end the third quarter, cutting the lead to just five points. With about five minutes remaining, Central Penn took its first lead on buckets by Kiera White and Burton.
The teams battled back and forth, with Wilson retaking the lead, 75–73, with a minute to go. Brown tied it up for the Knights on the next possession. Burton and Brown each hit fouls to put Central Penn on top for good.
The Lady Knights are now 5–1 and have won five in a row after suffering an opening loss to Penn State Dubois.
“I love this team,” said Coach Hicks. “There has been a lot of grit and fight in these girls in every game. They have no quit. This is bigger than basketball. They are teaching all of us, including myself, so much about resiliency.”
The Lady Knights travel to Penn State Mont Alto on Tuesday, Nov. 27.