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Tigresses dig too deep of a hole

PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigresses hosted Dixon Tuesday night in their final home game of the season. The Duchesses had a big first half and were able to stay ahead in the second, winning 44-25.

It was a tale of two halves that saw a great shooter in Dixon’s Brooke Bailey. She collected a game-high 26 points, 12 coming in the first quarter, helping to shoot Dixon to a 30-10 halftime lead.

“We played a great second half. I’m really proud of my seniors. They always leave it on the court; night in and night out,” PHS coach Kevin Hieronymus said. “It didn’t surprise me because they always do that for us. It was their last game here tonight and they gave it their all.”

Princeton’s Emmalee Sears led her team with eight points.

During the first half, the Tigresses struggled to get clean shots and turned the ball over regularly. In contrast, Dixon was good on the offensive glass helping them seek out valuable second chances.

Bailey also had a lights out first half scoring 16 points. The Tigresses only managed 10 points in that time stretch and went into halftime down 20 points.

Things changed in the second half as Princeton (6-20) went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter. The Tigresses were doing what they needed to on defense, and Zoe Mead tallied six points to cut the lead down to 12 points

That’s as close as they would get. Bailey gave the Duchesses their only third quarter points with a timely three-point shot to end the run and put Dixon’s lead back at 15 points.

In the fourth, Bailey drained another three-point shot as the Duchesses stretched their lead back to 19.

“Brooke Bailey was as good as advertised, maybe even a little better than that. She’s quite the ball player,” Hieronymus said.

Princeton outscored the Duchesses 8-3 in the third quarter and 15-14 in the second half, but the performance was not enough to overcome Dixon’s big first half.

• Dixon scored late to tie the game and tacked on a free throw to sneak away with a 24-23 win in the sophomore contest. ... PHS travels to St. Bede Thursday where the Lady Bruins seniors will be recognized.

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