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January 31, 2013

Tigerettes fly past Woodrow Wilson

PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigerettes soared past the visiting Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles Tuesday, by score of 60-49.

It was not without struggle, as it was a battle of the shooting strength and speed of the Princeton guards vs. the Flying Eagles’ post play. The Tigerettes found themselves in a first-half struggle against a much stronger and taller Flying Eagles team.

Woodrow was first to get on the boards with a three pointer from Kavita Francois but the next Woodrow pocession quickly turned into a turnover, the first of eight Flying Eagle turnovers the first quarter.

Tigerette Khadija Payne put up two in the paint after a fast break. Woodrow turned the ball over once again and Princeton’s McKenzie Akers would drive the lane. No basket for Aker’s but she would shoot two. After Akers’ two free throw conversions, another Flying Eagle turnover converted into another Princeton fast break that showed Marissa Mullins with the score.

Payne put up a short jumper at the 3:06 mark and pulled the Tigerettes into the lead. Princeton finished out the quarter up by four. Score 15-11.

The first clicks of the second quarter showcased classic fast-break Princeton play with Mullins for the lay-in, assisted by Akers.

Woodrow took timeout at the 6:26 mark down by four. Princeton quickly tallied another two by Ashley Culicerto followed by a three from Hannah Preservati. Culicerto added another quick two at the 4:45 mark.  

Woodrow proceeded to go on a 6-0 run before Princeton’s Akers put up one from the charity stripe at under a minute. Princeton headed into the locker room up by two. The beginning of the third saw Akers drive and put up two at the 7:50 mark.

Princeton then fouled and sent the Flying Eagles’ 6-foot-2 Bre Thompson to the line, but she would only come away with one.

Princeton held the Eagles scoreless umtil 5:36.

Princeton pulled ahead by 10 with 4 minutes remaining in the third. The Tigerettes maintained that lead with Akers going 2-2 from the line to close the quarter. Akers found Tigerette Rachel Surface under the basket for two to start the fourth quarter.

Surface, in foul trouble much of the game, was fresh off the bench.

The Flying Eagles used their height to their advantage and scored eight unanswered points in the paint, coming within four at the 5:42 mark. Tigerette Jessica Inman put up two off an assist by Aker’s with 4 minutes until the close of the quarter.

Princeton didn’t relinquish pocesssion for the next two minutes, staving off any offensive drive from the Flying Eagles. Akers went to the line off a bonus foul for one. Woodrow’s Sara Akers put up two only to have Princeton return to ball control with a  minute and a half to click down. Princeton would go to the line putting up 7-8 free throw attempts in the closing seconds and finish off with an Aker’s steal and the basket. Score Princeton 60-Woodrow 49.

Flying Eagles coach Bernard Bostic said after the game, “I will be honest. Our team is 5-11. We didn’t even deserve to be this close. We played really well. Debbie (Ball) and I go way back to our college days, and any time we meet on the court it brings out the best in us. We played against one of the best point guards in the state with Akers (Mckenzie), and we weren’t poised enough; we are young. We are going to have to play well to keep up.” Akers led the Tigerettes with 27, followed by Mullins and Payne with 10 each. Preservati had five, along with Culicerto’s four. Inman and Surface evened it out with two apiece. Payne hauled in nine rebounds. Summer Butler and Kavita Francoi led the Flying Eagles with 15 each. At press time Princeton’s record now stands at 13-2. Princeton will welcome Shady Spring Friday night  Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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