PRINCETON — Lauren Parish erupted for 15 points, seven rebounds and six steals to lead the Princeton Senior High girls basketball team to a 53-27 win over visiting Bland County at Ralph Ball Court, on Monday night.
Tigers head coach Tracy Raban said a big night from Parish was a likelihood that finally came to fruition.
“We knew it was there. We’ve been waiting for it to come for two years now. She’s finally starting to fit in with the team chemistry and her confidence was a big thing. I think she’s finally getting comfortable with herself,” said Raban.
Princeton had the defensive heat turned up full blast as it roared out to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
“I think as a team we finally came together on the defensive end of the floor. We lack height, but we’re quick. So we started being very aggressive on the defensive end of the floor and extended that to three-quarters and full court,” said Raban, whose team collected 22 steals.
“Between the River View game and tonight, our defense has really started to click, leading to easy baskets for us. I think that was the key for us as a team tonight ... believing in ourselves on the defensive end of the floor.”
Veteran Taylor Scott scored 12 points for the Tigers (4-4) and Sadie Boggess had seven rebounds and eight steals to go along with five points. Laken Dye also scored five.
Cindy Stowers scored 10 points to pace the Lady Bears.
Princeton travels to Lindside to face James Monroe on Friday, tipping off with the Mavericks following the conclusion of the 5:30 p.m. junior varsity game.
At Ralph Ball Court
Cindy Stowers 10, Emma Townley 2, Randi Dillow 7, Kayla Mutter 2, Katelyn Hall 2, Brooke Sanders 2, McKenzie Tindall 2
Taylor Scott 12, Reagan Southers 4, Lauren Parish 15, Isabella Mullins 4, Kailey Sarver 2, Laken Dye 5, Sadie Boggess 5, Kylie Conner 2, Kiara Porterfield 4.
Bland County...........4 11 6 6 — 27
Princeton................16 18 11 8 — 53
3-point goals: Bland County (Stowers 2, Dillow), Princeton (Scott 2).