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February 8, 2013

Princeton girls split games on the road

PRINCETON — The Tigerettes were back in action this week, splitting two games on the road.

The Tigerettes traveled north on a wintry afternoon this past Saturday to take on MSAC opponent Parkersburg High, home of the Big Reds. The Big Reds were too hot to contain as they had three players with the hot hand, handing Princeton their third loss of the season by score Parkersburg—68, Princeton—54.

The Tigerettes were trailing by 13 at the end of the first quarter and down by 18 at the half, score 37-19. The Tigerettes shot only 37 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three-point range, while the Big Reds had three players with double-digit scoring.

McKenzie Akers led the Tigerettes with 26 points, six assists and five steals.

Marissa Mullins chipped in nine, followed by Hannah Preservati’s seven. Khadija Payne hauled in 11 boards. Haley Ackerman led the Big Reds with 20, followed by Imani Ward and Kennedy Walker with 16 each.

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Tuesday night was a  classic match-up of top 10 AAA and AA basketball teams as the Princeton Tigerettes traveled to take on the Summers County Lady Bobcats. The Tigerettes clawed their way to a 59-55 win. This game was not for the faint of heart.

Multiple turnovers, ties and time-outs outlined the night. The game was slow going in the first quarter until Tigerette Marissa Mullins got things started off an assist by McKenzie Akers.

The Bobcats responded with four points in the paint. Both teams remained scoreless for the next two minutes of play, mostly due to multiple turnovers.

The Tigerettes took a timeout to regroup with 4:30 remaining. The score was 4-2, Bobcats. Princeton’s Akers would drive the lane on the next two possessions and score while Hannah Preservati punched in two more. The Bobcats tied it all back up with under a minute to tick down.

Akers drove the lane again for the hoop and the harm, while Tigerette Mullins closed the quarter with a three to put the Tigerettes up by five. Princeton proceeded on a 5-0 run to go up by 10 in the second quarter of play.

The Bobcats scratched their way back to come within two with 1:33 left in the quarter. A Bobcat turnover turned into a three-point play for Princeton’s Mullins with under a minute to play.

Within just a few short seconds Bobcat Tyra Wynes drove the lane for two and managed to convert a Princeton turnover into a basket and one, to knot it all up with 29 seconds left in the first half. Tigerette Stephanie Lambert came off the bench and went to the hoop. No basket for Lambert but she would shoot two putting her team up by two heading into the locker room. The Bobcat’s adjusted after the half exchanging basket for basket with the Tigerettes until the four-minute mark. The Bobcats then outscored Princeton 12-4 to go in the lead by seven. Score 47-40, Bobcats.

The Bobcat’s fast break had Wynes float one in to start the fourth. The Tigerettes defense kicked in at the 4:40 mark pressuring the ball resulting in 10 unanswered points. The Tigerettes were down by one until Mullins got the basket and one. Bonus time! With both teams in the bonus in the remaining minutes of play, the score was tight. It was 53 all with less than a minute to play. Timeout Princeton.

McKenzie Akers converted on a Bobcat turnover to go up by two. Marissa Mullins went to the line for two and came away with one. The Bobcats down by three put up an easy two in the lane with 15 seconds left on the clock. Only down by one the Bobcats fouled McKenzie Akers.

Akers made the first, missed the second and the Tigerettes pulled down the offensive rebound pushing the ball back out to Akers to put her back on the line with 9 seconds left.

Akers came away with one more from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats turned the ball  over as the horn blew. Tigerettes win 59-55. Leading the Tigerettes were McKenzie Akers with 30 followed by Marissa Mullins with nine. Leading the Bobcats was Tyra Wynes with 25.

The Tigerettes are back in action tonight as they host Capital. Tonight will be Breast Cancer Awareness night. Be sure to wear your pink. Tip off for tonight’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.

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