St. Joe junior Griffin Dempsey led all scorers with 27 points on the strength of five 3-pointers for the Irish, who tied a tournament record with 10 3s, which was set in 1997 by Parkersburg Catholic against Fayetteville.
"We've all played together since we were 9-, 10-, 11-year-olds," she said. "That really helps us know each other."
The Irish hit 57 percent from the floor in the first half and scored 26 points inside, thanks mainly to quick, confident, ball movement that often ended up with a wide-open layup. The team accumulated 16 assists by halftime.
Mychelle Johnson added 16 points and Asia Petitte 15 for St. Joe. Meanwhile, Man struggled to get the ball into the basket.
"We only shot 5-of-22 in the first half," said Man Coach Tonia Ward, whose leading scorer was Summer Sword with 13 points. "That really killed us."
The win was St. Joe's 57th in a row against West Virginia schools, with its last loss to a state team coming to Wheeling Central by a score of 43-40 in the 2008 state title game.
Up next for St. Joe will be a semifinal showdown against Tucker County (20-5) at 1 p.m. Friday. In the meantime, many will continue to wonder if the Irish are the best in the state, although there is evidence to support the claim that St. Joseph is the king of the hill.
"We did beat (Class AAA No. 3 seed) Parkersburg South at their place by 14 points," he said. "I'd like our chances."