Girls basketball 44, Princeton 32
MENDOTA - Amelia Bromenschenkel can make a lot of coach's worries go away.
On a day Mendota was missing two starters, Bromenschenkel gave the Lady Trojans a much-needed lift, scoring 26 points to carry them to a 44-32 win over Princeton.
Mendota coach John Hansen admitted he wasn't sure what he was going to do on the eve of Saturday's game when he learned the Lady Trojans would be short handed with girls missing to attend a teen church event.
"After I got that text from the girls, my next text was to Bromo to make sure she would be at the game," Hansen said.
Bromenschenkel was there with guns ablazing. She hit back-to-back 3-pointers en route to scoring 11 first-quarter points. Even still, the Tigresses hung close, getting a trey by Taylor Quiram and a baseline pop by junior post Erika Sorenson to pull within 14-13 at quarter's end.
Mendota outscored Princeton 8-4 in the second quarter to take a 22-17 halftime lead.
Like the first half, Bromenschenckel came out hot to start the second, netting 11 points in the third quarter as the Lady Trojans moved out to a 35-24 lead.
Bromenschenkel netted her 26 points on 36 percent (9-26) shooting from the floor. She now has 1,165 career points, ranked fifth all time for Mendota.
The Lady Trojans stretched their lead to 40-24 before Emma Wittig hooped for Princeton. Freshman Olivia Gartin scored twice to pull the Tigresses within 42-32 with 3:00 remaining, but PHS would not score again.
PHS coach Tiffany Gonigam said the Tigresses fell short defensively, many times because they got outhustled.
"It wasn't so much in our halfcourt defense, but on plays when there was some 50-50 balls. We gave up on too many of those where Mendota outhustled us in those situations and they usually scored off of them," she said. "So that was really tough because it's like, 'Hey we probably had a chance at that,' instead of being, 'maybe it's a dead ball, maybe our ball and they score.'
"I think we could have worked a little bit harder, but I know our kids were fighting through a lot of frustrating moments and that's difficult. And part of that is they're learning. I expect it to be a lot better. This is a team we could see again. I definitely think we could have a different outcome."
Sophomore McKenzie Hecht led PHS with nine points with Gartin and juniors Erika Sorenson and Taylor Quiram adding six each.
Kenzie Coleman, PHS' leading scorer on the season, did not score, shooting 0-12 from the field (0-7 on 3s), spending time on the bench after picking up her fourth foul.
* Tiger tales: PHS won the sophomore game 29-20 Isa Ibarra had nine points and Gartin six. .. PHS returns to conference action next week with home games against TRAC rivals Bureau Valley (Monday) and Hall (Thursday).