Due to some nagging injuries, including one that sidelined leading scorer Janae Howard, the St. Catharine College Patriots went into Thursday’s game with only eight players available. But that was all Lena Bramblett’s team would need as all eight players entered the scoring column in an 89-55 rout of visiting UVA-Wise.
Kasei Evans scored the first basket 15 seconds into the game for St. Catharine and the Patriots never trailed. They took a 42-26 lead at halftime and built the margin to as many as 41 points in the second half over the Cavaliers who fell to 5-20 overall and 1-13 in the Mid-South Conference.
Rianne Hofstraat was 6-8 from three point range to lead all scorers with 23 points. Reilly Poirier had 20 points and Kasei Evans chipped in 15. Stacie Shrout scored nine points with three treys in six attempts.
St. Catharine (19-7, 5-7) shot 59 percent from the field including 10-18 from behind the arc. They were 11-16 (69 percent) from the foul line. Wise shot just 37.5 percent from the field and was 11-20 (55 percent) from the foul line. They did outrebound the Patriots 39-29.
The Patriots still remained in seventh place in the MSC but did get closer to fifth place which is held by Rio Grande, who lost to Cumberlands on Thursday, and Lindsey Wilson who did not play a conference game Thursday. Both those teams, who play each other Saturday, are one-half game ahead of St. Catharine at 5-6.
The Patriots will host Pikeville Saturday in a 2:00 game. The Bears are 0-13 in the conference and 4-21 overall.