Girls basketball: Bureau Valley 57, Princeton 46
PRINCETON — Bureau Valley and Princeton had an answer for one another in Tuesday’s Three Rivers East girls basketball game at Prouty Gym. The Storm, however, had the final say.
The Storm outscored the Tigresses 23-17 in the second quarter to take a 32-28 halftime lead. They followed by opening the second half on an 8-0 run, and while the Tigresses closed within four points, they got no closer, falling 57-46.
BV also beat PHS 59-52 in overtime for third place in the Princeton Holiday Tournament.
“We had two losses in a row, so it’s nice to get that taste out of our mouths,” said BV coach Jim Nugent, noting losses to St. Bede and Annawan. “And it’s a conference game. We know it’s going to be a battle with Princeton every time. I like the rivalry, I like going against coach Gonigam. That’s fun.”
BV senior Saige Barnett had a fun night, leading all scorers with 22 points. Teammates Emily Fordham (12) and Sam Bohm (10) combined for 22 more.
Sophomore Taylor Quiram led PHS with 17 points and senior Kelly VanDenBussche added 10.
Junior Carly Konneck gave the Storm a spark in the pivotal third quarter with six points. She scored back-to-back hoops, the second on a back door cut to cap the 8-0 run for a 40-28 lead.
“Carly’s come alive. She’s an athlete. She’s a state (track) champion,” Nugent said. “I know I expect a lot out of her and to come up big for us at times.”
The Tigresses had an answer, however. Quiram and VanDenBussche had back-to-back baskets, and then followed one another with 3-pointers to make it 42-38 with under a minute left in the third quarter.
A long bank shot by freshman McKenzie Hecht brought PHS within two, but Konneck beat the buzzer on a deflected pass to the post for a 44-40 lead after three.
Baskets by Fordham and Barnett stretched the Storm’s lead to 48-40 to open the fourth quarter.
A lapse in the Tigresses’ defense gave Barnett a wide open look from the left wing, which she buried for a 3-pointer to make it 53-42 with 5:16 left to play, and the Tigresses never recovered.
“We got tired and we forget to defend, honestly,” PHS coach Tiffany Gonigam said of Barnett’s wide open look. “You could kind of tell we were starting to shut down a little.”
Nugent was pleased with the Storm’s ball movement and taking care of the ball.
“I’ve been harping on them on pushing the ball up the floor, and sometimes that leads to a few more turnovers. When you add those turnovers into blatant brain cramp turnovers, our numbers have been pretty high lately,” Nugent said. “Second half, I think we only had one turnover, so it’s kind of nice to talk about that at halftime and they came out and fixed it.”
The Tigresses opened the game with a 7-2 lead and held an 11-9 lead at quarter’s end behind seven points from Quiram.
“I thought the kids played really well. After a couple tough games last week, they responded. Came out hard and forced the first timeout,” Gonigam said.
PHS maintained a 19-15 lead early in the second quarter after a 3-pointer by VanDenBussche.
The Storm made an 11-0 run to go up 26-19. Senior Hannah Williams got things started with a 3-pointer and Barnett capped the Storm’s surge with a basket off a steal at the 3:24 mark.
The Tigresses tied things up at 28 on a 3-pointer by Quiram following hoops by Kenzie Coleman and Jacey Jensen.
A pair of free throws by Barnett and a drive by Konneck sent the Storm into the locker room with a 32-28 lead.
• Notes: Bureau Valley won the sophomore game 25-18. ... PHS will play at Bureau Valley Jan. 17.