Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GIRLS BASKETBALL - ST. ALBANS 48, HURRICANE 34 ; Red Dragons Sputter, Hold off Visiting Redskins

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GIRLS BASKETBALL - ST. ALBANS 48, HURRICANE 34 ; Red Dragons Sputter, Hold off Visiting Redskins

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St. Albans suffered its breakdown in the second quarter Monday night against Hurricane. The Redskins, in turn, paid back the Red Dragons in the second half, as SA used its frontcourt srength to power its way to a 48-34 win at Tex Williams Gym in St. Albans.

St. Albans (7-6) led 13-1 with 5:28 left in the first half, largely on the strength of strong defense and sophomore point guard Jaden McDaniels' ability to get the ball into the paint to junior center Haleigh Legg. However, McDaniels picked up her second foul with that 12-point lead and went to bench for the remainder of the half.

By the time she returned, Hurricane (7-5) had cut the lead to 17- 14 and with a 3-pointer by sophomore Mary Rogoszewski with 6:37 left in the third quarter, the Redskins took a 19-17 lead.

"That's what we wanted to do, was get the ball in to Haleigh. Hurricane did a good job of doubling down and tripling down on her. Coming in, we knew it would be a hard matchup for them inside, and our goal was the feed the ball in there, SA coach Scott James said. "When Jaden went out, we stopped running the offense. I don't know why.

With SA junior forward Alli Johnson getting open looks from the perimeter the Dragons seemed content to shoot from outside while Hurricane gradually got its offense in gear without its second- leading scorer, Maddy Weeks, on the bench for much of the first half with three fouls.

It was when Rogoszewski found herself in foul trouble in the second half that the Redskins' comeback fell short. Rejuvenated after her first-half rest, McDaniels returned in the second half, the Red Dragons got solid defensive play from its front line of Legg, Johnson and Cam Davis and when McDaniels converted a steal into a layup with 2:53 left in the third, St. Albans regained a lead that it never gave up.

"We knew that they were mainly guard-oriented, so we tried to force it down low, said Legg, who like McDaniels finished with a game-high 15 points while blocking four shots.

"There was a little [panic], Legg said of her team's reaction when Hurricane came back to take the lead after scoring just one point in the first 13:13 of the game. …

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