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St. Anne runs past Donovan

02/24/2014, 10:04pm CST
By Tim Tierney

St. Anne used its speed and strong defense to lead it to a 79-54 win over Donovan in a quarterfinal of the Class 1A Gardner-South Wilmington Monday. Jeff Taylor scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds on the win.

St. Anne didn’t waste any time showing why the Cardinals are the top seed in the Class 1A Gardner-South Wilmington Regional.

With the Taylor brothers—guards Jeff and Rickey—and Octavious Davis creating turnover-fueled havoc, St. Anne raced to a 28-5 lead in the first quarter on its way to a 79-54 win Monday night over Donovan in the opening quarterfinal.

“We try to keep the ball moving fast. We’re a running team,’’ Jeff Taylor said. “We want to take over from the start of the game.’’

St. Anne (22-4) began the game with a 9-0 run and was ahead 22-3 shortly past the midway point of the opening quarter.

“It was important for us to get off to a good start,’’ St. Anne coach Rick Schoon said. “I thought defensively we were very active, created some turnovers. We were able to score some easy baskets in transition.’’

The Cardinals’ persistent ball pressure led to eight Donovan turnovers in the first quarter.

Jeff Taylor led St. Anne with 22 points and eight rebounds, including eight points and four rebounds in the opening period.

“Jeff is long, lanky and athletic,’’ Schoon said.

Davis scored 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter, mostly on transition layups as well as a steal and layup on his own.

“We try to start out fast, run out, get at them early,’’ Davis said. “We still have to finish off strong. I don’t think we finished strong.’’

St. Anne led 47-22 at halftime and 61-36 after three quarters. Rickey Taylor contributed 14 points, 10 in the first half.

Kaleb Salzman scored a game-high 24 points for Donovan (1-24). Eric Lattimer had 18 points and 19 rebounds.

St. Anne advances to the Wednesday semifinal to face Gardner-South Wilmington (13-11), a 52-35 winner over Morgan Park Academy in the second quarterfinal.

“All you want to do in the postseason is survive and advance,’’ Schoon said. “We’re advancing and playing on Wednesday.’’

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