Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GIRLS BASKETBALL ; Legg's Maturation Puts Her at Forefront of St. Albans' Attack

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GIRLS BASKETBALL ; Legg's Maturation Puts Her at Forefront of St. Albans' Attack

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INSIDE: Girls basketball stats and standings, 5B

Playing alongside returning Class AAA All-State second-team selections Jaden McDaniels and Alli Johnson, St. Albans senior Haleigh Legg has been a sometimes-overlooked, yet important part of the Red Dragons' success in recent years. It sure is getting harder and harder not to notice Legg's exploits, as she has gone from often the third option on her team to the third-leading scorer in the Mountain State Athletic Conference, pacing the St. Albans offensive attack with 17.2 points per game.

And it's not like McDaniels or Johnson graduated to clear the road for Legg. Both are back and Legg's offensive numbers can be better explained by her own growing confidence, physical improvement and maturation than any kind of decline by her teammates.

The Red Dragons' commitment to Legg and the low-post game was seen early and often against South Charleston on Thursday night. McDaniels, Johnson and other St. Albans teammates kept looking to feed their weapon underneath the rim. Legg responded with 17 points, six rebounds and five blocks. Though it was enough to keep pace with the No. 4 Black Eagles for three quarters, it wasn't enough to earn a high-profile win as SA fell 54-43.

"When we get the ball in the post and we're shooting a two-foot layup, it's a higher percentage shot and that's why we're being successful, SA coach Scott James said.

"The other girls are understanding that and buying in. Plus Haleigh has matured, not only physically but mentally and emotionally.

"She's working hard out there the whole time, James added. "In the past, she'd have down moments where she'd get a little frustrated and get a little lazy at times and we're not seeing that at all this year. She's working extremely hard, doing what she's told to do and being very successful.

"We've got to do what works, Legg said. "Working the ball a lot and forcing it inside usually works for us.

What it also does is open up Johnson and McDaniels more when the defense is forced to collapse to help on Legg. …

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