Panthers notch win over Huntington#8217;s St. Joseph

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 3, 2007

CHESAPEAKE — Ron Reed isn’t one to complain.


Reed wasn’t totally pleased but he was more than happy after the Chesapeake Panthers snapped a 3-game losing streak and beat the Huntington (W.Va.) St. Joseph Fighting Irish 56-53 Tuesday in a non-league game.

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“We didn’t play that well, but a ‘W’ anytime is better than the alternative,” Reed said.

Mike Stapleton had 14 points and Marty Clay scored 13 to pace the Panthers (2-3). Jonathan Greene added 10 points and Kyle Rase had 9.

Khiry Sharp had 18 points and Brian Miller 15 for the Irish.

The Panthers built as much as a 20-point lead only to watch the Irish battle back in the fourth quarter.

“We needed a win. These kids all played jayvees last year and they’re just starting to learn to adjust,” Reed said.

Chesapeake jumped ahead 18-7 at the end of the first quarter before the Irish got within 32-26 at the break.

The Panthers lead was 45-32 at the end of the third quarter, then held on as St. Joseph outscored Chesapeake 21-11 in the fourth quarter.

Chesapeake hosts River Valley Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

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HUNTINGTON ST. JOSEPH (NA): Khiry Sharp 18, Perry 6, Bragg 4, Brian Miller 15, Cihon 6, Bro Grebe 4.

CHESAPEAKE (2-3): Aaron Ross 7, Mike Stapleton 14, Marty Clay 13, Kyle Rase 9, Moore 1, Jonathan Greene 10, Jeremy Reaper 2.