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Tri-State Hoops Classic wraps up

Basketball
Feb. 02, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

HUNTINGTON -- After not playing well against Scott County (Ky.) in Friday's win, the Huntington St. Joe girls basketball team was looking to make a statement Saturday.

It didn't take long.

Class A No. 1 St. Joe used its pressure defense to force several turnovers early en route to an easy 75-33 win over Class AA Bluefield in the first game of the day in the Tri-State Hoops Classic at Spring Valley High School.

"Yesterday motivated us because we didn't play too well, so we wanted to come back and dominate," Huntington St. Joe junior Mychal Johnson said. "I think we did a pretty good job of that."

On a day where inclement weather took out two of the five scheduled game -- the opening contest between Chesapeake and June Buchanan (Ky.) and the final contest between Huntington High and Tolsia -- the Irish and Beavers braved the elements to keep the event going.

Johnson led the Irish with 25 points, eight assists and five steals and St. Joe jumped to an 18-point lead after one quarter.

Rachel Lee continued her strong play in the Tri-State Hoops Classic, following up Friday's 21-point performance with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Asia Petitte added 11 points along with Griffin Dempsey, who also had seven rebounds and five assists.

Johnson said playing in the Tri-State Hoops Classic was a good chance for her team to share the court with her fellow schoolmates who play for Huntington Prep.

Huntington Prep's players go to St. Joe, but it is rare that the teams play at the same venue.

"It's big for us because it draws a lot of people and we like to play in front of big crowds if possible," Johnson said. "We're a small school and we don't get that all the time."

BLUEFIELD 7 5 16 5 -- 33: Atwell 2, Edwards 7, Taxley 2, Sims 7, Hayden 2, Fullerton 6, Hopkins 4, Jackson 3.

HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 25 17 18 15 -- 75: Petitte 11, Ca. Gale 4, Jenkins 1, Di. Disu 2, Dempsey 11, Jeffrey 5, Mychal Johnson 25, Mychelle Johnson 4, Lee 12.

HUNTINGTON PREP 66, FLORA MACDONALD 44: Huntington Prep started out slow, but finally got things turned around defensively to earn a 66-44 win over Flora MacDonald from Red Springs, N.C.

One day after losing to Ironton, Flora MacDonald flourished early against Huntington Prep, jumping to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

However, the second quarter was a different story as point guard Travon Landry turned up the defense and Xavier Rathan-Mayes found his stroke from the outside to lead the Express to a six-point halftime advantage.

After a sluggish first half, Andrew Wiggins got going in the third quarter, scoring eight of his game-high 20 points in a three-minute span to increase the Express' advantage.

Wiggins was the only double-figure scorer for Huntington Prep. Rathan-Mayes had nine points and seven assists.

Richie Lexis had 20 points while Jared Scott finished with 11 points for Flora MacDonald. Scott also had nine of the team's 21 turnovers.

HUNTINGTON PREP 8 20 20 18 -- 66: Gill-Caesar 5, Landry 5, Rathan-Mayes 9, Woodson 6, Strake 6, Wiggins 20, Arroyo 6, Kingsley 9.

FLORA MACDONALD 17 5 10 12 -- 44: Johnson 7, Lexis 20, Scott 11, Anthony 6.

OLDSMAR CHRISTIAN 71, MIAMI VALLEY 62: Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian used a 19-2 run at the beginning of the second half to break open a tight game in a nine-point win over Miami Valley School from the Dayton, Ohio, area.

The game was tied at halftime before the Eagles used a pressure defense to trap and create several turnovers which turned into breakout baskets.

Delano Spencer led Oldsmar Christian with 24 points while Troy Holston netted 22. Thomas Horn had 18 points.

Brandon Watson led Miami Valley with 23 points and Harrison Smith added 17.

MIAMI VALLEY 14 14 10 24 -- 62: Donald 3, Marbury 7, Baker 10, Watson 23, Smith 17, Menafee 2.

OLDSMAR CHRISTIAN 13 15 23 20 -- 71: Bowles 4, Spencer 24, Horn 18, Holston 22, Pierre 3.

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