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December 15, 2012

Boyd falls to Huntington St. Joe in Classic

SUMMIT —  Boyd County coach Pete Fraley said Mychal Johnson is the best player his team will play against. She adequately filled out that description.

Johnson had 36 points as Huntington St. Joe defeated Boyd County 53-47 in the opening contest of the Boyd County Roundball Classic.

“If there is any better I don’t want to see them,” Fraley laughed. “She’s the real deal. She’s the best player I’ve seen playing high school basketball in a long time.”

The Irish were coming into the game without starting guard Griffin Dempsey, who sat out with a shoulder injury.

Johnson, along with scoring duties, had to take care of ball-handling duties as well.

“When you have the ball in your hands for 32 minutes it takes a toll on you,” said St. Joe coach Shannon Lewis. “She’s just an incredible player. You could tell she was tired, but she pulled through for us.”

While Johnson had a big night for the Irish, Boyd County carried a 37-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

Taylor Wheeler led the way for the Lady Lions with 18 points and seven rebounds while having to share duties of guarding Johnson.

“If there is someone tougher than Taylor Wheeler we haven’t found them,” Fraley said. “She is so strong, she’s a bull in there. She guarded Mychal there, and for a while (Johnson’s) shot wasn’t falling. But at the same time we wore Taylor out as well. ”

Logan Fraley also had a big night for the Lady Lions, scoring 13 points and hitting all four of Boyd County’s 3-pointers.

But Huntington St. Joe turned up the pressure in the fourth with a full court press. Boyd County committed several turnovers and never got its offense into a rhythm.

Boyd County does itself no favors today either, taking on a 7-0 Wheelersburg team with tipoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

“I told them I’m not going to schedule you wins to pad your stats,” Fraley said.

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