PERU — Early turnovers can be the downfall of a team — as the Princeton Lady Tigers would find out Saturday at the Lady Bruin Classic Saturday at St. Bede.
The Tigresses turned the ball over on their first four possessions resulting in an early 7-0 lead by Seneca. The Lady Irish would lead the way the entire game as senior Seneca guard Jacey Lamboley’s offensive prowess (15 points) would take the Lady Irish to a 51-26 victory.
“We’ve got to cut down on the turnovers and make better decisions on making our passes. We did better on that tonight than we did last night (against Kewanee). I think we focused more on that and took care of the ball better,” PHS coach Kevin Hieronymus said. “I’m just looking forward to playing some better games the rest of the week and to win a game or two in our pool.”
Princeton would cut the Lady Irish lead to five points at the 1:13 mark making the game 11-6, but it wouldn’t get any closer than that for the duration of the game.
“The girls never quit; we had a tough game Friday night against Kewanee, and it could have been easy for us to not play hard tonight and quit. But we never did,” Hieronymus said. “I challenged them about that before the game to not quit this game and to play hard, and they did.”
After being down 20 points midway through the second quarter, Princeton senior forward Zoe Mead cut the Lady Irish lead to 14 points on a running three-point shot at the buzzer, making the score 29-15 Seneca at the half.
The Lady Irish jumped all over the Tigresses after the half, as they went on a 13-4 run to open the second half.
Seneca continued to add to their lead for the rest of the game, as they outscored the Tigresses 22-11 in the second half.
“I reminded the girls to always play hard and not quit; if we do that good things can happen,” said Hieronymus, “If we play to the final horn, good things can and will happen.”
The Tigresses were led by Mead with eight points followed by sophomore guard Michaela Strom and junior forward Stephenny Farrell, who both added six points.
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