Harvey leads Lady Bulldogs past St. John

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Ascension Catholic junior guard Meagan Brooks goes for an easy layup in the win against St. John Sunday night.

Ascension Catholic eighth grade guard Daija Harvey did it all Sunday night against the St. John Lady Eagles basketball team, including knocking down four three-pointers in the 78-10 blowout win. She led the Lady Bulldogs (5-5) with 19 points and individually scored more than the entire St. John team combined.

She wasn’t the only Lady Bulldog to outscore the St. John team, junior forward Rae’Shaun Malancon scored 16, junior guard Meagan Brooks scored 13 points, and senior guard Jordynn Brown scored 12.

In a lop-sided game like this, head coach Shawancy Joseph said becomes a game for tune-ups.

“Our main objective was to work on our defense and offense and let everything else just flow,” Joseph said. “I told my girls we have to pickup our defensive intensity and if we do that everything will flow offensively.”

It did. Ascension Catholic led 47-6 at halftime, and only allowed one point in the third quarter. Joseph said, the large lead also allowed the bench players to get some key minutes.

“I was glad to get my younger girls in to get them experience leading into district,” she said.

With Harvey lighting it up from the outside and Brown and Brooks pushing the tempo, Joseph said she had to make some adjustments to get the flow the team had Sunday.

“At first we had Meagan at point guard and we switched to Daija and I was just trying to figure out ways to get outside shooting going,” Joseph said. “We went back to Jordynn being our point guard, which is working out fine because she can see the floor and pushes the ball up the floor.”

“It makes our offense flow better and I’m proud of them and hopefully we can carry it on to the next few games.”