CHARLESTON, W.Va. - St. Joseph completed a rare five-peat Saturday, matching Summer County as the state's only girls basketball teams to win five straight titles, dominating St. Marys 73-32 in the Class A state championship game at the Charleston Civic Center.
"This is a special group right now," St. Joe Coach Shannon Lewis said. "It's tough to match up with them. I think we wanted to make a statement to show how hard we work and how talented we are."
Notre Dame commitment and junior All-State point guard Mychal Johnson agreed with her coach.
"It's special, and I don't think anyone has the feeling that we have right now," Johnson said. "I want to do it for the school and my teammates. We wanted to let people know who was going to win states, and we did."
St. Marys only trailed by three late in the first quarter, but St. Joe went on a huge run, scoring the next 20 points to seize control and lead 33-10 with 2:19 left in the half.
Griffin Dempsey led the offensive attack early for the Irish, including two 3-pointers during the 8-minute stretch that sent the close game into blowout status.
The junior scored 12 points in the first half to lead the way for St. Joe, including three treys. Dempsey finished the game with a game-high 26 points on seven-of 15 shooting, all from 3-point range.
Dempsey set the Class A State Tournament record for most 3-pointers in a single game, topping Alexis Fulton of Tucker County, who hit six against Williamstown in 2012.