St. Joseph cruises past John Paul II
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Madison Foeh may be new to the St. Joseph girls basketball team, but she has two things that helped her fit in just fine.
Intensity and aggression under the basket.
"You can't teach somebody to be competitive," said St. Joseph coach Carrie Myers. "It's natural or it's not and she's done a great job. She's improved already this season and I can't wait to see what's going to happen the rest of this season."
The 5-foot-10 freshman post used a big second quarter to help the Lady Flyers (13-5) cruise past the Corpus Christi John Paul II Lady Centurions (0-11) 50-30 on Tuesday at the St. Joseph Gym.
Foeh scored six of her 10 points in the second. Sophomore guard Iris Young scored a game-high 12 points.
The Lady Flyers played at home for the first time since winning the Sunny Brook Tournament championship over the weekend.
"I thought it was going to be a little scary, but it's not that bad," said Foeh about her first season at St. Joseph.
She made the jump from the eighth grade last season and joined a Lady Flyers team playing at the TAPPS Class 4A level.
Myers said the inside presence has helped guards like Kensey Marshall and Paige Terrell get opportunities on the perimeter through the early part of the season.
Both players combined to hit three 3-pointers against the Lady Centurions.
"She's learned how we play as a team together," Marshall said about Foeh.
The Lady Centurions beat the Lady Flyers last season, but St. Joseph made quick work of John Paul II this time.
St. Joseph jumped out to a 17-5 lead after the first quarter and extended it to a 17-point advantage by halftime.
"We knew we needed to jump on them quick to get the momentum in our favor," Myers said.
Marshall's three-pointer to open the second half sparked a 14-2 Lady Flyer run.
John Paul II didn't get to within 20 points the rest of the game.
"We knew that we had to get a big lead at first so we didn't have to struggle the rest of the game," Marshall said.
Foeh finished the game with five rebounds and a pair of blocked shots while while Young led the team with three assists.
St. Joseph continues non-district play on Friday when it visits Hallettsville Sacred Heart.