Hunt. St. Joe 73
A near triple-double for Notre Dame signee Mychal Johnson and a Lady Irish 3-point barrage pushed Huntington St. Joe to a blowout of Ashland in the Boyd County Roundball Classic opener.
St. Joe (2-0) sizzled from beyond the arc early, as seven first-quarter long balls hit bottom. In all, St. Joe was 15 of 29 from downtown.
Griffin Dempsey, headed to the University of Charlotte next season, nailed seven of 11 trey attempts for 21 points.
Her backcourt partner, point guard Johnson, filled up the stat sheet with 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Ashland coach Bill Bradley said St. Joe’s sharp shooting and the Kittens’ jitters resulted in a 28-11 deficit after one period.
“I thought we were intimidated at first,” Bradley said. “I think we were a little nervous.”
The Kittens (2-1) struggled to find their stroke, especially at the foul line — they finished 7 of 19 from the charity stripe.
Junior point guard Alexis Robinson tallied a team-best 17 points. Haley-Sue Foutch added 10 points as did Shelby Gransbery. Gransbery also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.
St. Joe committed just eight mistakes compared to Ashland’s 17 turnovers.
“They’re a total veteran team,” said Bradley, referring to St. Joe’s starting lineup of four seniors and a sophomore. “They put on a clinic. They know who their leader (Johnson) is, and they know to get out of the way when she is on a roll.”
ST. JOE 28 9 14 22 — 73
ASHLAND 11 14 10 13 — 48
St. Joe (73) — Mychal Johnson 27, Dempsey 21, R. Lee 17, Petitte 6, Mychelle Johnson, B. Lee, Ziegler, Ca. Gale 2, Ch. Gale, Di. Disu, De. Disu, Jeffrey, Parker. 3-Pt. FG: 15 (Dempsey 7, Mychal Johnson 3, Lee 3, Petitte 2). FT: 12-17. PF: 16. Turnovers: 8.
Ashland (48) — Foutch 10, Gransbery 10, Young 6, A. Robinson 17, Roberts, Hammond 1, M. Robinson 4. 3-Pt. FG: 3 (Young 2, A. Robinson). FT: 7-19. PF: 11. Turnovers: 16.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.