HUNTINGTON, W.Va — Top-ranked with good reason.
The Huntington St. Joseph girls basketball team proved why they hold the top position in the WVSSAC Class A rankings on Tuesday evening, as the Lady Irish defeated Gallia Academy by a 64-45 tally at the Huntington Inivitational.
The Lady Irish (12-2) led 16-to-6 after the opening period and pushed the lead to 43-19 by halftime with a 27-to-13 second quarter run. St. Joe outscored the Blue Angels (2-15) 17-to-8 in the third canto, making the margin 60-27 with eight minutes remaining. Gallia Academy ended the game with an 18-to-4 run, but St. Joe claimed the 64-45 win.
Gallia Academy junior Adrienne Jenkins led the Blue and White with 15 points, followed by Jalea Caldwell with 10. Carly Shriver and Jordan Walker both scored nine points, while Jenelle Stevens rounded out the GAHS total with two markers.
Paige Shy led the Lady Irish with 17 points, followed by Errin Kay with 15 and Tyesha Taylor with 11. Mychelle Johnson scored 10 points, Myra Hall added seven, while Arianna Patrick and Essence Sims both finished with two in the triumph.
GAHS will try to end it’s seven-game skid on Thursday when South Point visits Centenary for an Ohio Valley Conference clash. The Blue Angels fell by a 61-50 count at SPHS on December 17.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.