Blagg leads St. Al to win|[01/16/08]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A depleted St. Aloysius squad managed to get a pace they could play with along with some help from new starter Price Blagg to beat Pisgah 57-47 Tuesday night.

The Flashes (5-12, 3-6 Division 6-1A) have suffered two season-ending injuries to Pierson Waring (broken arm) and Luke Burnett (knee), taking away any depth they might have had. The 6-foot-4 Blagg moved into the starting lineup and responded with eight points, six rebounds and six blocked shots.

“His shot ain’t pretty, but we really needed him. He did a great job,” St. Al senior Chip Donald said. “He made some blocked shots on defense and got some rebounds for us.

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“We’re pretty thin now. How many subs did we use? One,” Donald said.

The win was quite satisfying for coach Gary Miller.

“We played hard and we executed well. Tonight was the best Price has played for us this season. He gave us that inside pressence and that helped Alex and Chip get to the basket,” Miller said.

Alex Lanier and Donald were quite effective working off Blagg. Lanier knocked down 10 short range shots and then added a 3-pointer for good measure to finish with a game-best 25 points. He also had nine rebounds.

Donald poured in 19 points, including an 8-for-11 effort from the line. He also had seven assists and five rebounds.

Lanier’s 3-pointer gave St. Al its second seven-point lead of the game at 32-25 two minutes deep into the third quarter. A basket by Jeremy Falls followed by a basket by Donald, who scored on a layup and then stole the inbound pass and scored again, put the Flashes up 40-29. Lanier made it a 14-point lead with a three-point play with 2:15 left in the quarter.

Pisgah made its best run, outscoring St. Al 14-2 over the next five minutes to close to within two at 47-45 with 4:55 left. Donald and Lanier answered for St. Al to up the lead to six with 2:26 left.

Pisgah was hurt by five turnovers and six straight missed shots in the final three minutes. Two free throws by Donald with 28 seconds left sealed the win.

(G)Pisgah 80, St. Al 38

Kaneshia Smith scored 16 of her 18 points in the opening quarter to lead last year’s Class 1A finalist Pisgah (15-1) to a comfortable win over St. Al.

Sadie Barnes added 17 and Tempest Smith chipped in 15 as Pisgah remained in first place in the division. Former Delta State University guard Angie Taylor Reynolds said her team’s only loss was to Class 5A Northwest Rankin.

“I thought shooting-wise, they (St. Al) was better than in the first meeting,” Reynolds said.

Elizabeth Mazzanti led St. Al (3-15, 2-7) with 15 points. Carlye Smith had 10.