The Irish had four steals in the first quarter, and turned each into field goals. Although the defending champs committed four of their five turnovers in the second quarter, they nevertheless led 41-22 by halftime thanks to their ability to sink 16-of-24 attempts (66.7 percent) in the first two quarters.
Casto led the scoring assault, finishing with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. McCarty, who had 19 points, seven boards, a co-team high five assists and a team-leading three steals, said the showing was a side effect of the team's current level of cohesion.
"We're a competitive team, and we can all play basketball. We're all friends and I think that's a major part of it," McCarty said. "We like each other. We want to pass each other the ball, and we want 'us' to be successful.
"I think where most of this is coming from."
The Irish have won 12 in a row since a 2-1 start. McClanahan said that while the team started slow even while it was winning games, he believes it to be hitting its stride at the right time.
"It's that time of year. We've talked about it. If we're still teaching fundamentals right now, we're behind the 8-ball," McClanahan said. "This is the time of year when you need to put the polish on your engine and let it run some, and that's what we're starting to do, and these guys are driving it pretty well now."
Parkersburg Catholic had three players score in double figures, led by junior Joe Padden's 14 points. Juniors Jake Ullman and Ben Collie each had 11, and junior point guard Payton Sturm had a game-high seven assists.
It was the Crusaders' seventh game in the last 11 days.
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