LASALLE — The Princeton Tigresses succumbed to the Lasalle-Peru Lady Cavs Tuesday in a 44-21 non-conference road loss.
After Princeton broke out of the gate with a 5-2 lead, the Lady Cavs 1-3-1 press forced the Tigresses into numerous turnovers as they attempted to pass over the top of the active hands of L-P. The Lady Cavs’ Quincie Weber, Hailey Armstrong, Hannah Wolfe and Alexis Zimbelman had key baskets on the 13-3 run to end the first quarter.
Offensive rebounds and turnovers cost the Tigresses in the first half that limited the Princeton’s chances in the game.
“We had too many turnovers. The turnovers caught up to us,” said Princeton coach Kevin Hieronymus, also noting PHS gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first quarter.
Princeton cut the lead to 13 going into the locker room at halftime despite the 23-7 run for the Lady Cavs.
Coming out of the locker room, the Lady Cavs continued their aggressive defense and hit some key shots including an inside presence from Zimbelman and Wolfe along with the outside prowess of 3-point shooters Armstrong and Weber.
Princeton struggled in the third quarter as they were held to only three points off of a Zoe Mead basket and a Brianna Barajas free throw as the Lady Cavs increased their lead to 27 at the end of three.
As both teams went to their bench throughout the four quarter, Princeton(2-16) scored on baskets from Kelly Schmidt, Michaela Strom and Mead to round out the scoring.
Schmidt led the Tigresses with eight points while Mead added six. Barajas had three and Danielle Hughes and Strom added a basket each. The Lady Cavs were led by Weber with 14 points while Wolfe also hit double digits with 11.
• Notes: The Tigresses and their coaching staff played with a heavy heart entering the former coaching home of Chips Giovanine who passed away last week. The legendary coach had helped at the Tigresses summer camp the past two years and was a friend of the program, Hieronymus said. ... L-P swept both the sophomore and freshmen games as well.
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