ASHTON, W. Va. — Unfortunately for host Hannan, it’s slow start set the tone.
That’s because the Lady Wildcats trailed 12-4 following the opening quarter — and continued to fall behind en route to suffering a 47-28 girls basketball loss against Ironton St. Joseph on Wednesday.
The Lady Flyers then led 21-12 at halftime, as they also outscored Hannan 26-16 in the second half — posting 13 points apiece in each canto.
The Lady Wildcats, with nine and seven points in each of the final two stanzas, never reached double digits in any of the entire four periods.
With the loss, Hannan remains winless at 0-5, while St. Joseph raised its record to 3-2.
For the female Flyers, Morgan Turner turned in a game-high 20 points.
She finished with nine total field goals, including the club’s pair of three-pointers, and also sank 4-of-8 free throws.
She scored five points in each of the opening two quarters, then added eight points in the third — as St. Joseph staked a 34-21 advantage after three.
Kaitlin Sheridan scored nine points on two field goals and 5-of-10 free throws, and led the female Flyers with six steals — as the team tallied a total of 23.
Ashley Bartram, on three field goals and a foul shot, scored seven points — and tied teammate Lauren Bush with nine rebounds.
She also dished out three assists.
Bush and Riley registered two field goals apiece for four points, as Riley ripped down eight rebounds — and tied Turner in steals with five.
Of St. Joseph’s 42 rebounds, two-thirds (28) of them were on the offensive end.
Only four players posted points for Hannan, which made just a dozen total field goals and 4-of-11 free throws.
Madison Staggs scored 12 points to lead the way, netting five field goals and a pair of foul shots.
Lyndsey Holley had four buckets for eight points, while Julie Frazier finished with six on two field goals and 2-of-2 freebies.
Cassidy Duffer with a basket rounded out the Wildcat scoring.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106