"It's February. It's typical of a Coach McClanahan team,'' said Parkersburg Catholic coach Rob Strcula. "This is when they hit their stride. They always peak come February or March. We had them at a bad time, but that's what you get when you play Charleston Catholic.''
The Crusaders (14-3), who lost to Ritchie County with two starters sitting out last week, were at full health Tuesday - at least until starting center Brady Kurucz suffered a knee and ankle injury late in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the game.
"We just put forth a poor effort,'' said Strcula, whose team lost to the Irish by five points in December. "It was all about their level of energy. We didn't match it.''
Joe Padden led the Crusaders with 14 points. Jake Ullman and Ben Collie scored 11 apiece.
Charleston Catholic's play was often spotty over its first 12 games, with nearly half those contests decided by seven points or less, but that's not been the case recently.
"Honestly, at the very beginning of the season, our team thought we were really good at the time,'' Casto said, "but then we came to a quick conclusion that we weren't - I think it was after the Poca loss. It really opened our eyes to the whole playing field.
"Our team was not as good as we think, We can be - and we are getting there - but now we know it's going to take a lot of hard work and stuff like that in practice.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.