Princeton Holiday girls tournament
The Princeton Tigresses finished up tournament play in their own Holiday Tournament with the third-place prize, defeating Streator 42-35 Saturday evening at Prouty Gym.
Senior guard Kenzie Coleman led the Tigresses with 17 points with Taylor Quiram adding seven and Abby Jensen and McKenzie Hecht six each.
“I’m very happy. I know we have a lot of young kids, but we got some talented kids that are playing well, too. We’re really happy being 3-1 and being third place in the tournament,” PHS coach Tiffany Gonigam said.
“We just want to keep making improvements throughout the year. We’ve got a tough schedule in the TRAC, but we just want to keep getting better.”
The Tigresses erased a 17-15 deficit at the break by outscoring Streator 17-7 in the third quarter to go up 32-24 at quarter’s end.
A bank shot by Hecht and a putback by little junior guard Emma Wittig kept the Tigresses ahead 36-28 with 4:02 play.
Streator battled back behind junior center Natali Haynes, who scored twice on putbacks and added another hoop on an inbounds lob to make it a one-point game at 36-35.
Haynes finished with a game-high 25 points, scoring 10 of her team’s 11 points in the fourth quarter.
“We hadn’t played against somebody of her size and talent level yet in the post,” Gonigam said. “We got some size ourselves, but when you haven’t had a chance to practice against that yet in a game, it makes it kind of difficult.”
Jensen had the hot hand early for the Tigresses, hitting two straight jump shots, just the lift PHS was looking for, Gonigam said,
“After our last game, I told her, ‘I thought that shot you took was really good and continue to do that,’ and she had two there, little mid-ranged jumpers. That was so important in keeping us in the game and she’s been making some good plays on defense. Just been a solid player for us in the tournament.”
Quiram added a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Tigresses up 11-8.
Streator led 17-15 at the half, before the Tigresses caught fire in the third quarter. Coleman made a steal and layup to gain a 22-19 lead at the 2:31 mark.
Jensen hit her third bucket of the game, and two free throws each by Coleman and Erika Sorenson made it 30-22 with 37.7 left in the third. Quiram added an inside job to close out the third quarter 32-24.
“I thought the kids really had to work for it,” Gonigam said. “We’ve been lucky enough at the beginning of the tournament to drop shots really quickly and get us in a good position. And I thought we were a little bit slow to start in terms of making shots. They really worked to get back in it in the second half.”
Coleman and Quiram were both named to the all-tournament team.
Stark County 45, Putnam County 25
The Lady Rebels jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter on the way to defeat the Lady Panthers in Saturday’s championship game and avenge last year’s title game loss. Stark County had won the battle of the counties for the title in 2016 and 2013.
Junior guard Kelsey Berchtold led the Lady Rebels with 21 points.
All-tournament pick Sophia Harris led PC with eight points.
Bureau Valley 43, Midland 26
The Storm outscored the Timberwolves 18-4 to break open a one-point game at the half to capture Saturday’s fifth-place game.
Senior Carly Konneck led the Storm (2-2) with 10 points with Kyra Stoller and Sam Bohm adding seven each and Lauren Wirth six.
Henry 49, LaMoille/Ohio 47
The Lady Lions made a furious comeback, outscoring the Lady Mallards 12-4 in the fourth quarter only to fall short by two points.
Kylee Brown led all scorers with 22 points, including six 3-pointers, while Mari Billhorn added 17 points with three 3-pointers.
Keally Braman had 23 points for Henry (1-3), which led 30-23 at half and 44-35 after three quarters.