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Defense sparks Flyers win over East, 60-32

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

The St. Joseph Flyers beat the Sciotoville East Tartans 60-32 on Monday, but it was the defense that proved the most impressive factor.
“We played sold defensive. We guarded and kept them in front of us. I thought all 15 kids got down and guarded,” said Flyers’ coach Rex Cooksey.
“You can’t always control your offense, but you can always play defense. I was proud of our defensive effort tonight.”
Chase Walters had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Flyers (12-3).  Joey McDavid hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 14 points to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Zach Roach drained three 3-pointers for nine points and had five rebounds and six assists. Isaac Whaley had five rebounds, three assists and two steals while Clay Willis had a game-high eight rebounds.
Will Shope scored 14 points for East (3-9)
Willis, McDavid and Walters all scored four in the first quarter as the Flyers took a 121-4 lead.
Roach knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, McDavid hit a trifecta and scored five points while Walters got four points and St. Joseph extended its lead to 32-15.
Shope scored seven of East’s 11 points in the quarter.
Whaley had six points, McDavid five points including a 3-pointer, Walters four more points and Roach a 3-pointer as St. Joseph outscored East 18-11 to build a comfortable 50-26 cushion.
The busy week continues as St. Joseph hosts Ohio Valley Christian on Tuesday, Rose Hill on Thursday and New Boston on Saturday.
Sciotoville    4    11    11    6    =    32
St. Joseph    12    20    18    10    =    60
SCIOTOVILLE EAST (3-9): Will Shope 2 2 4-5 14, Michael Blevins 2 0 1-2 5, Devon Stevens 2 0 0-0 4, Zach Garrett 1 0 1-2 3, J.D. Hatcher 2 0 0-0 4, Brayden Queen 1 0 0-0 2, Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Sam King 0 0 0-0 0, Winston 0 0 0-0 0, Huffman 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 2 6-9 32. Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.
ST. JOSEPH (12-3): Isaac Whaley 0 2 0-0 6, Zach Roach 0 3 0-0 9, Clay Willis 3 0 0-2 6, Joey McDavid 4 2 0-1 14, Chase Walters 8 0 2-2 18, J.C. Damron 0 1 0-0 3, Max Weber 0 0 2-2 2, Jarod Johnson 1 0 0-0 2, Jimmy Mahlmeister 0 0 0-0 0, Jackson Rowe 0 0 0-0 0, Bryson Canter 0 0 0-0 0, Chase Wilds 0 0 0-0 0, Ethan Clark 0 0 0-0 0, Will Whaley 0 0 0-0 0, Jacob Salisbury 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-54 4-7 60. 3-pt goals: 8-20. Rebounds: 8-O, 25-D = 33 (Willis 8, Walters 7, I. Whaley 5, McDavid 5, Roach 5). Assists: 16 (Roach 6, I. Whaley 3, McDavid 3). Steals: 6 (Whaley 2). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 5. Fouled out: None.