Princeton Times

Sports

January 24, 2013

Tigerettes take three in a row

PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigerettes take three! The Tigerettes took three wins in five days this past week, two within the friendly confines of home and one on the road. Starting with a somber Saturday Jan. 19, less than 48 hours after the sudden passing of the voice of the Tigers, Everette Bailey, the Tigerettes took to the hardwood with heavy hearts but with their heads held high. The Tigerettes were victorious in their quest against the Ripley Vikings, as they sailed away with the win by score of 80-37.

The Tigerettes turned eight Viking first-quarter turnovers into 16 quick points. With the entire Princeton bench playing, the score showed Princeton up at the half 40-10. The second half was more of the same.

The young Vikings team, by all appearances, could handle the ball, but lack of offensive execution turned into multiple turnovers. By the end of the third, the Tigerettes were up 64-23 with the end of the fourth showing 80-37.

The Viking third-year head coach Justin Frashier stated, “Oh we are very young. Our girls have done all we have asked them to do all year long. Princeton is one of the best teams we have played, other than Spring Valley.”

Speaking of the Princeton team he said, “That Akers (Mckenzie) kid is great. Heck, the whole team is great, and they have a great coach too!”

•••

On a frigid Tuesday night at Princeton Senior High, the Summers County Lady Bobcats came calling.

The Tigerettes clawed their way to a 59-46 win. Early in the first quarter, the Bobcats came within one of the Tigerettes. The closest margin of score for the night.

At the 7:30 mark, the Bobcats’ leading scorer Brandy Morrison went down with an ankle injury and did not return. The Tigerettes went on an 8-0 run before a Bobcat basket to close out the quarter.

Throughout the second quarter the Tigerettes maintained a 9 point advantage before pulling away at the three-minute mark. Akers put up a shot off a Stephanie Lambert assist, and Marissa Mullins scored off an assist by Hannah Preservati. The Bobcats responded with two quick buckets, only to have Tigerette Ashley Culicerto come off the bench with 2 minutes remaining to shoot an easy jumper and drain a three to end the quarter, to make the score Tigerettes-35, Bobcats-22.

Preservati went downtown with a three to start the third quarter of play only to have the Bobcats Avery Pivont respond with a trey.

The Tigerettes held the Bobcats scoreless until the 4:40 mark. The Tigerettes then responded with clutch free throws going 6-6 on the line.

An animated Coach Wayne Ryan took a Bobcat timeout. The Tigerettes would take the lead by 16 at the start of the fourth.

The fourth quarter of play saw both teams’ offense kick in as they exchanged basket for basket from the 4-minute mark. Princeton stayed up by 15 with 1:46 remaining before the Bobcats last four points of the evening. The Tigerettes Mckenzie Akers went to the line with 9.9 remaining and went 2-2 from the line for final score Princeton 59-Summer County 46. Leading the Tigerettes were Mckenzie Akers with 22, followed by Marissa Mullins’ 13. Khadija Payne with eight, along with Ashley Culicerto and Hannah Preservati’s seven each. Rachel surface rounded out the score with two. Princeton tallied six long-range treys: Akers with three, and Culicerto, Mullins and Preservati with one apiece.

•••

Wednesday night was a MSAC matchup on the road with the Riverside Warriors. By halftime, the Tigerettes were up by 12 with a score of 34-22.

Akers contributed 30 points to lead her team to another road win by score of Princeton-68, Riverside-47.

Culicerto chipped in 11 points, followed by Preservati’s seven. Stephanie Lambert and Rachel Surface each had six, along with Mullins’ five.

Maranda Wimmer with two, and Khadija Payne with one.

The Tigerettes tallied five three-point conversions: Akers with two, along with Culicerto, Mullins and Preservati for one apiece.

The now-12-2 Tigerettes will welcome the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles Tuesday, Jan. 29. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

1
Text Only
Sports