Anna Talutto helped the Dunmore girls basketball team reach Hershey.
The sophomore had six points and four rebounds in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals against Trinity as Dunmore won, 50-24. She hit a 3-pointer late in the first half that gave the Lady Bucks a 30-7 halftime lead.
However, in the final at the Giant Center, Dunmore trailed Delone Catholic, 35-12, early in the third quarter. But Talutto’s aggressive style of play helped Dunmore mount a comeback, contributing two points, two rebounds and three steals. Unfortunately, the Lady Bucks fell short, 49-43, denying them the state title and undefeated season.
Here is more from Talutto’s Athlete of the Week interview:
Favorite teams: I don’t really follow any specific teams. Whatever is on, I just kind of watch.
Athlete I admire: Saquon Barkley. He dives for ball and jumps over a lot of players. It encourages me to do that same thing in basketball games.
Favorite food: Ramen noodles
Superstitions and rituals: Before I leave my house, I have to put on my high-play list on Spotify and jam out. If I don’t, I don’t feel pumped up for the game. When I do, I show up excited and determined for the game.
Talk about the fast start against Trinity: We practiced hard for the Trinity game and watched film on them. Once we got there, we gave it our all. Even when we got up a lot, we didn’t give up and kept going strong. Whenever we have a fast start, it just pushes us to keep up the pace.
What were some of the things you and your teammates were saying to each other when you were trying to come back in the state final? All the seniors kept telling us that we were still in this. It’s not over and we have a lot of time left. Keep fighting for it and give it our all.
What will you remember most about the 29-1 season? I’ll remember the seniors always motivating us to keep giving it our all and pushing us to our limits. Even though the state title didn’t happen, we still have that spark and fire in us. As a returning player, is that something you will try to carry on next season? Definitely. That’s always going to be our goal.