McCoy finished with 12 points and seven boards for Man (13-6) and senior Taylor Whited contributed 10 rebounds. Sword knocked down four 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter, as the Hillbillies played the Irish to a 17-all tie.
"My girls played with a lot of intensity,'' said Man coach Tonia Ward. "We know how good Charleston Catholic is.
"They always hustle, they're real aggressive, they crash the boards and we just told them you've got to hang with them. You've got to keep going after it and keep going after it and never give up. They did what we wanted them to do.''
Fletcher, one of Catholic's two seniors, scored 19 points and snagged seven rebounds. Whelan contributed eight points, six boards, five assists and two steals while senior forward Simone Assaley had eight points and eight caroms. Fletcher and Whelan, the Irish's top two scorers, made just 8 of 41 shots combined, including 4 of 25 from long range.
The Irish have had a tough season, losing three starters before the year began to knee injuries, another key contributor to another knee injury and one player decided to leave the team a few weeks ago.
Sutherland, in his first year at Catholic, also had to sit out for two weeks to allow Catholic Principal Debra Sullivan to investigate possible Secondary School Activities Commission violations.
"With all the things this team has had to go through and as well as they've played ...'' Sutherland said. "Our schedule has been brutal. I was totaling it up, 14 or 15 games this year have been against teams that at one time or another had been ranked. I think it's made us better. I think [our players] have handled it pretty well.''
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