Girls basketball: Kewanee 49, Princeton 26
KEWANEE — The Princeton Tigresses and Kewanee Boiler Girls are going to become well acquainted this week.
Princeton traveled to Kewanee Monday, playing the Boiler Girls close in the first quarter, down just 7-4. However, Kewanee pulled away to a 27-8 halftime lead with am 18-0 second-quarter run on the way to a 49-26 victory in TRAC East play.
PHS coach Tiffany Gonigam said the Tigresses just allowed the Boiler Girls too many offensive rebounds (14).
“I thought we came out to start the game and executed what we wanted to do on defense and kept it close, but then we started giving them two, three, four chances, and you just can’t do that,” she said.
Kewanee (7-7, 3-3) will call on the Tigresses (3-16, 0-6) at Prouty Gym at noon Saturday in a makeup date from Nov. 27. The TRAC East rivals also met Dec. 29 in the Lady Bruins Christmas Classic at St. Bede, a game Kewanee won 49-24.
Senior forward Jacey Jensen struck first for the Tigresses with a jumper from the left baseline for a quick 2-0 lead.
Kewanee went up 5-2 before PHS sophomore Taylor Quiram hooped at the 1:30 mark.
The Boiler Girls were first to score in the second quarter, to go up 9-4.
Senior point guard Kelly VanDenBussche got the Tigresses on board to make it 9-6.
Then things got away quickly with Kewanee ripping off 18 straight points to go up 27-6.
The Tigresses got their offense going a bit in the second half, scoring nine points in each of the third and fourth quarters. The Boiler Girls put up 13 and then nine, holding a 22-18 edge for the second half.
VanDenBussche led PHS with 11 points, and freshman McKenzie Hecht, who led the PHS F/S with 12 points in a 34-27 loss, added eight points.
Kewanee seniors Gracey Damron and Chloe Hinojosa split 26 points for the Boiler Girls.