Even without one of its best players, Charleston Catholic delivered quite the debut performance for first-year coach Zack Bogan.
The Irish forced 41 turnovers and overwhelmed visiting Wirt County from the outset in cruising to an 84-23 win in Catholic's season opener on Friday at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Facility.
Freshman Vida Imani paced all players with 23 points and 14 rebounds and helped take up some of the slack after returning senior Hannah Gallian missed the game with an illness.
Even as a coach, Bogan couldn't find a whole lot to be unhappy with on Friday.
"We can't complain with it," Bogan said. "We've been running a lot and that's what we want to do, get out and run. Defensively we were really good. We were missing Hannah Gallian who's out sick and they played well with that adjustment and a little bit of adversity even before the game started. I don't have any complaints. We need to clean some stuff up, but it's a great start."
Catholic stormed out to a 32-15 halftime, lead but didn't put its foot on the accelerator until after the break, when it used a 30-2 advantage in the third quarter to bury the Tigers.
Much of that surge was led by Imani, who scored 13 of her points and grabbed eight of her rebounds during that period.
"I thought she played pretty well," Bogan said. "She's still going through the adjustment phases of it being a little more physical, but she's really adapting and playing well. She's a key piece for us moving forward."