A rough first half resulted in a 51-24 loss for the Princeton Tigresses Saturday afternoon to the Rochelle Lady Hubs.
After trading baskets early, the Lady Hubs outscored the Tigresses 12-2 to close out the first quarter. The second quarter didn’t prove much better for the Tigresses, giving up a 15-0 run to start the quarter, led by junior guard Marin Meiners, who scored eight of the 15 points.
The only basket that came in the second quarter for PHS came from senior forward Makenzey Wilson, who knocked down two free throws late in the quarter. In the first half, the Lady Hubs grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and forced the Tigresses into committing 18 turnovers.
“I thought the girls played hard, but we need to cut down the turnovers by at least half,” said Princeton coach Kevin Hieronymus. “Rochelle is definitely a really solid team all the way around. Coach Dobbs does a real nice job with them.”
The Tigresses (2-8) made adjustments at halftime and came out in the second half in a 1-3-1 half-court trap which seemed to be effective by only giving up 20 second-half points.
Princeton also cut down the turnovers in the second half by committing eight total, four in each half. The Tigresses only scored two points in the third quarter.
The Tigresses provided the best offense of the game in the fourth quarter by scoring 16 of their total 24 points.
The Tigresses were led by senior Emmalee Sears who scored a team high six points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Seniors Lexi Marselle and Makenzey Wilson each scored five. Sydney Hall and Zoe Mead also contributed four points apiece.
The Tigresses next take on Kewanee Wethersfield Thursday at home.
“We’re in the hardest part of our schedule right now. We’ve played four 3A schools over the last five games,” Hieronymus said. “We’ll get better in the second half of the season. I believe in our girls and our team, and I want them to believe in themselves and each other.”