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Making A Big Deal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A big game called for the St. Joseph Lady Fighting Irish to go big.

Led by scoring and rebounding of 5-foot-11 Sara Sang and 6-2 Brooke Keeton, the Lady Irish beat the South Point Lady Pointers 61-56 in the Gold Division championship game of the St. Joe Invitational Monday at Memorial Field House.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was moved due to the snow.

Sang did most of the damage with a game-high 28 points that earned her the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.

“They’ve got a lot of size and it caused us some match up problems. They kept getting the ball inside,” said South Point coach Dave Adams.

South Point (14-2) led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter and 26-21 at the half. The Lady Pointers’ biggest lead was 20-10 midway through the second quarter.

Leading 43-40 at the end of the third quarter, South Point was up 47-46 on a basket by Tinesha Taylor with 4:28 to play.

But the Lady Irish went on a 10-0 run to take a 56-47 lead. Kiki Smith scored 12 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter including 8-of-8 at the line with four coming down the stretch to clinch the win.

“We led throughout the game until the fourth quarter,” said Adams. “But we missed a couple of easy shots and then we had a steal and didn’t finish and they went down and scored. We had our opportunities.”

Kayla Fletcher led South Point with 23 points. The total included six 3-point goals.

Jalynn Bradburn scored 11 points — all in the second half — while Tinesha Taylor added 9 points.

“Tinesha really battled against their big girls. It was a good game for us to play,” said Adams.

Fletcher and Allison Mitchell were named to the all-tournament team for the Lady Pointers. Sang was selected the Most Valuable Player.

Dusti Chapman and Smith were all-tournament for the Irish.

South Point 8 18 17 13 = 56

St. Joseph 7 14 19 21 = 61

SOUTH POINT (14-2): Allison Mitchell 4 0 0-0 8, Kayla Fletcher 2 6 1-2 23, Ashley Goodall 1 1 0-0 5, Jalynn Bradburn 5 0 1-1 11, Tinesha Taylor 4 0 1-3 9, Erin Dillow 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7 3-6 56. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.

HUNT. ST. JOSEPH (12-3): Dusti Chapman 1 0 1-3 3, Kiki Smith 4 0 8-10 16, Sara Sang 12 0 4-6 28, Amber Chadwick 1 0 0-0 2, Brooke Keeton 1 0 0-0 2, Stephanie Dorsey 2 2 0-0 10. Totals: 21 2 13-19 61. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.