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Notre Dame clobbers St. Joe 81-41

February 3, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Clarksburg Notre Dame coach Jarrod West was pleased with fair weather Saturday, but Huntington St. Joe might have preferred another day of snow.

Class A’s top-ranked team, Notre Dame (13-2) made the 175-mile trip and routed St. Joe 81-41 in boys high school basketball. Notre Dame made the most of the journey, with West and several others sticking around to watch his son Jarrod play for Marshall University against UTSA later in the day.

“I’m thankful the weather was good,” coach West said. “It made the trip easier and it’s a lot easier when we stay for a (Marshall) game. We love coming here. It’s a trip I’d never made until the last couple of years, but now I’m accustomed to making it.”

West and his team also are accustomed to winning, which they did handily against St. Joe. The Huntington Irish (4-14) stayed close for a while, trailing 12-11 with 3:47 left in the first quarter, but the Irish from Clarksburg ended the period on a 10-2 run to seize control. Notre Dame extended the lead to 45-24 by halftime and 66-37 by the end of the third quarter.

“We did very well for a short period of time,” St. Joe coach Ross Scaggs said. “Then we had the same problem we always have. We fell behind a little bit and started taking bad shots, started rushing things, and that played right into their hands. That’s been a problem for us all year.”

Few of those quick shots went in the basket. St. Joe made just 15 of 44 attempts (31.8 percent). Notre Dame made 30 of 56 shots (53.5 percent) and outscored St. Joe 30-6 from 3-point range. Notre Dame also finished with a 33-27 rebounding edge and committed just nine turnovers to St. Joe’s 21.

“I know it’s cliche, but we play better when the shots go in,” coach West said. “That allows us to get in our pressure defense and do some things.”

West said he was pleased with his team’s intensity against struggling St. Joe.

“We played with good energy,” West said. “We’ve been trying to get back to the basics of playing hard. We did that today.”

Notre Dame featured plenty of weapons. Gabe Zummo led the scoring with 19 points. Tyler Hardesty scored 16 and Jaidyn West 13.

“They’re a very good team,” Scaggs said. “They’re No. 1 for a reason. All credit goes to them and I thank them for being considerate in our honoring of Sid Torlone before the game.”

St. Joe recognized Torlone, a 1976 graduate and owner of G.D. Ritzy’s restaurant, before the game. Torlone, an area basketball official, was severely injured in an attack April 28 at his restaurant. He spent months in recovery. Saturday, Torlone opened the game by tossing the opening jump ball, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd.

“We all should feel good, as we all saw Sid,” Scaggs said.

St. Joe, which plays Ravenswood at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little General Shootout at West Virginia State University, was led by Noah Bolton with 15 points. Bronson Barker scored 10.

CLARKSBURG NOTRE DAME 22 23 21 15 — 81: Helm 6, Gordon 4, Taylou 7, West 13, Hardman 4, Hardesty 16, Zummo 19, Goodman 8, Snider 4.

HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 13 11 13 4 — 41: Rice 2, Price 4, Faucette 2, Hickman 7, Barker 10, Bolton 15, Barlow 1.