CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Is St. Joseph Central the best team in West Virginia, regardless of class?
The question has been raised during its recent string of championships, and it continues to come up as the top-seeded Irish began their expected rampage through the Class A field at the state tournament on Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Irish's most-recent victim is Man, which was handed an 89-29 defeat, moving St. Joe within two victories of securing its record-tying fifth consecutive state championship.
St. Joe led 29-0 after one period and scored the first 32 points of the game. Before the Irish (23-1) emptied their bench after three quarters, they led 84-19 over the Hillbillies (15-11).
St. Joseph Coach Shannon Lewis won't answer the question yet.
"I'm not going to say yes right now," said Lewis, whose team has won 13 consecutive state tournament games. "We still have a championship to win."
On Wednesday, junior star Mychal Johnson set a Class A tournament record with 14 assists, moving past Montcalm's Stephanie Davis, who had 12 against Mullens in 1987.
The Notre Dame commitment also came up just one steal short of a quadruple-double, adding 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals in 26 minutes.
"I think we're used to playing here," Johnson said.