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Joliet Catholic, Lumpkin cruise past St. Joseph

12/01/2012, 10:45pm CST
By George M. Wilcox

Joliet Catholic scored the first 10 points and sailed to a one-sided, 61-34 win over St. Joseph on Saturday.

Joliet Catholic scored the first 10 points Saturday at St. Joseph and the Chargers could never threaten in a one-sided nonconference girls basketball game.

“They played like they wanted,” St. Joseph coach Jim Maley said. “They played like every single ball was for them, like they owned it. My girls never got into it.”

The Chargers (3-4) scored only three points in the third quarter as Montini transfer Jasmine Lumpkin led Joliet Catholic (5-1) with 23 points and 16 rebounds in its 61-34 win at St. Joseph.

“I think we started off good and then we slumped a little,” said Lumpkin, a 6-foot junior forward. “A win is a win. I’m glad we came out. Our defense made a difference.”

The Angels’ defense limited St. Joseph to its lowest scoring output of the season. Joliet Catholic led 35-28 at halftime.

Shaakera Jones paced the Chargers with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

St. Joseph was coming off a 38-35 win at Regina on Thursday, when Kaci Beemon converted the game-winning three-pointer.The Chargers are keeping their heads up, mindful of their early season struggles four years ago, when they went on to win a regional title.

“It’s not how you start, but how you finish,” Maley said. “We need to get the chemistry together. We have new people and we have to get used to each other.”

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