HUNTINGTON - It appears that three is the favorite number of Huntington St. Joe's girls basketball team.
The Irish have built their winning tradition on utilizing talent and tempo, which enables them to get into transition and look for open 3-point looks for an array of shooters for head coach Shannon Lewis.
In this year's Class A Championship game, Lewis watched as Huntington St. Joe senior Paige Shy showed what that philosophy is all about in knocking down an all-classes record of eight 3-pointers en route to 28 points in a 71-46 win over Parkersburg Catholic.
Not only did Shy earn a spot alone in the record books and a state championship with the performance, but she also earned another accolade as captain of the Class A girls basketball team, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Shy averaged 18.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while adding 2.6 steals and two assists per contest for the Irish, who finished the season 23-4 while being ranked as high as No. 22 nationally at one point this year.
"Paige has just done so much for us throughout the years," Lewis said. "I think this year, she really elevated her play because we had several players down at different times. She can shoot in transition and if you leave her alone, she'll knock down looks, but where she's improved most is ball-handling and rebounding. That has helped her all-around game."
In keeping with Huntington St. Joe's theme of 'Three', the Irish placed three players on the Class A first team.
St. Joe senior Dena Jarrells (15.7 points, 3.7 assists, three rebounds, 2.5 steals) and junior Bailee Adkins (11.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.2 steals, 4.1 rebounds) also joined Shy as first-team members.
Parkersburg Catholic, who advanced to the state championship game, had a pair of first-team honorees in junior Madeline Huffman (15.7 points, 5.5 assists, 3.4 steals) and sophomore Aaliyah Brunny (16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.0 steals).
Wheeling Central's Eden Gainer (18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.3 steals) and Trinity's Reagan Sharp (16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 steals, 5.2 assists) were seniors who made the first-team while Summers County sophomore Gavin Pivont (20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 steals) rounded out the top eight selections.
All eight players helped lead their team to the state tournament in Charleston this year.
Tucker County junior Terra Kuhn was named as the captain of the second team after a year in which she averaged a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds, 5.0 steals) while impacting the game in several ways.
Many of the members of the Class A second team will return next season with only two seniors - Notre Dame's Taylor Martino and Madonna's Andrea Alimario - being featured out of eight selections. Martino averaged 17.2 points and 6.8 rebounds while Alimario averaged 16.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing.
In addition to Kuhn, juniors on the team included Magnolia's Kyndra Pilant (17.5 points, 17.3 rebounds, 3.2 blocks) and Wheeling Central's Kaylee Reinbeau (15.8 points, 9.4 rebounds).
Summers County's Taylor Isaac (20.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 steals) and Magnolia's Mady Winters (23.1 points, 13.1 rebounds) were sophomores on the team while Parkersburg Catholic's Leslie Huffman emerged as a strong, young talent within the state, averaging 12.6 points, 5.0 steals and 4.2 rebounds in helping the Crusaderettes to the title game.
Midland Trail senior Jenny Wilson was named as captain of the senior-laden third team.
Other seniors on the team include Tolsia's Sarah Jude, Ritchie County's Abi Haught, Sherman's Deja Busby, Montcalm's Savannah Bailey, Valley-Fayette's Hannah Foster and Tyler Consolidated's Josey Jones.
The lone underclassman on the third team was Tug Valley's Kaylea Baisden.
The Class A girls basketball all-state team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association
Paige Shy, Huntington St. Joe, Sr. (captain)
Eden Gainer, Wheeling Central, Jr.
Madeline Huffman, Parkersburg Catholic, Jr.
Dena Jarrells, Huntington St. Joe, Sr.
Bailee Adkins, Huntington St. Joe, Jr.
Aaliyah Brunny, Parkersburg Catholic, So.
Reagan Sharp, Trinity, Sr.
Gavin Pivont, Summers County, So.
Terra Kuhn, Tucker County, Jr. (captain)
Kyndra Pilant, Magnolia, Jr.,
Taylor Isaac, Summers County, So.
Mady Winters, Magnolia, So.
Kaylee Reinbeau, Wheeling Central, Jr.
Taylor Martino, Notre Dame, Sr.
Andrea Alimario, Madonna, Sr.
Leslie Huffman, Parkersburg Catholic, Fr.
Jenny Wilson, Midland Trail, Sr. (captain)
Abi Haught, Ritchie County, Sr.
Kaylea Baisden, Tug Valley, Fr.
Sarah Jude, Tolsia, Sr.
Deja Busby, Sherman, Sr.
Savannah Bailey, Montcalm, Sr.
Hannah Foster, Valley (Fayette), Sr.
Josey Jones, Tyler Consolidated, Sr.
Julie Agee, Greenbrier West; Bethany Arnold, Williamstown; Trinity Bancroft, Gilmer County; Kira Bircher, Pocahontas County; Rachel Boniti, Madonna; Julie Boone, Tolsia; Aquera Cabral, Magnolia; Laila Calhoun, Pocahontas County; Leighton Croft, Trinity; Jenna Dallison, Valley Wetzel; Abby Darnley, Buffalo; Emily Dickerson, Midland Trail; Izzy Erb, Williamstown; Riley Evans, Tucker County; Addie Furr, St. Marys; Hannah Grove, Gilmer County; Brianna Hefner, Pocahontas County; Emily Henderson, Notre Dame; Marissa Horan, Wheeling Central; Shelby Howard, Ravenswood; Bianca Howell, Doddridge County; Jordyn Hughes, Cameron; Peyton Kocher, Tyler Consolidated; Karlie LaFauci, Van; Hannah Loy, Paden City; Madge Lucey, Cameron; Makayla May, Tug Valley; Kennedy Martin, Madonna; Erica Merrill, Summers County; Emma McKeen, Notre Dame; Grace Mitchell, Greater Beckley Christian; Josie Montgomery, Calhoun County; Mckinley Murphy, Tucker County; Caraline Nelson, Sherman; Alyssa Newsome, Tug Valley; Mara Rinehart, Williamstown; Lindsey Rinker, Moorefield; Hannah Roberts, St. Joe; Cassidy Roles, Fayetteville; Hannah Rose, Wahama; Rachel Rosen, Trinity; Kylie Saltis, South Harrison; Cameron Smith, Doddridge County; Abbe Stackpole, Paden City; Caitlyn Underwood, Valley Wetzel; JoLee Walton, Tyler Consolidated; Hannah White, Wheeling Central; Kylie Wright, St. Marys; Emma Wyer, Wirt County