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St. Joe girls celebrate title

March 12, 2019
Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch Senior player Dena Jarrells places one of the award plaques during a celebration for the state championship winning St. Joesph's High School girl's basketball team on Monday, March 11, 2019, in Huntington.

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Huntington St. Joe got the chance to show off some new hardware on Monday afternoon.

The school recognized the Irish girls basketball team at a 2:45 p.m. assembly on Monday for their 2018-19 Class A Championship, which they earned with a 71-46 win over Parkersburg Catholic on Saturday.

Huntington St. Joe did not have a game at the state tournament level that was closer than 25 points as they rolled through to their ninth championship in 11 years.

Senior guard Paige Shy set an all-classes single-game record for 3-pointers, hitting eight in the win over Parkersburg Catholic to seal the title.

Shy was joined on the All-Tournament team by senior guard Dena Jarrells and junior guard Bailee Adkins.

All students within the school came to Huntington St. Joe’s gymnasium as head coach Shannon Lewis, who earned his 300th career win in the semifinal win over Wheeling Central on Friday, spoke briefly about the team and its accomplishments.

The students and faculty were then treated to basketball cupcakes, which also had plastic basketball rings on them.

Huntington St. Joe was ranked as high as 22nd nationally this season and finished the year 23-4 against a schedule that featured several national powerhouse teams.