Girls basketball: Newman 59, Princeton 30
STERLING — If someone missed the start of Thursday’s TRAC East girls game between Princeton and host Sterling Newman, they would have missed out on the deciding four minutes of the game
The Lady Comets streaked to a 15-0 lead to the start the game, cruising to a 59-30 win. While the Tigresses managed to close within single digits to start the second half, it proved to be too big of a hole to climb out of.
“Definitely not the way we wanted to start out,” PHS coach Tiffany Gonigam said. “We knew they were really good shooters. We thought we had a plan for that, but they came out and did exactly what we thought they would do and knocked down their first couple 3s.
“I mean, that’s tough. They’re a tough team to defend, because they have a good post presence and have good shooters. I thought the girls responded so well, because it would have been real easy to have entirely a different game. We played really well in spurts. In other spurts, we had room for improvement, especially with passing, and we’ve been working on that a lot.”
The Comets opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers and Madison Craft added another to make it 13-0. A steal and layup by Josie Rank made it 15-0 at the 3:59 mark.
After the initial shock and awe put on by the Comets wore off, the Tigresses made a run of their own, outscoring their hosts 9-5 to close within 20-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Junior guard Kenzie Coleman, who came off the bench, finally got the Tigresses on the board with a hoop at the 2:35 mark. Senior point guard Kelly VanDenBussche added a 3-pointer to make it 15-5 at 1:36.
Newman put in five straight before sophomore Taylor Quiram hit a 3 for PHS to close the quarter at 20-9.
The Comets went up as much as 36-15 in the second quarter before Coleman followed a 2-pointer with a 3-pointer with five seconds left to make it 36-20 at the half.
Newman went on to outscore PHS 44-30 from the point of the 15-0 start and 39-21 after the first quarter.
Coleman led the Tigresses (3-16, 0-6) in scoring with 14 points on 6-14 shooting from the floor. Quiram added seven points.
Craft led the Comets with 13 points with Rank and Alejandra Padilla right behind with 12 each.
• Tiger tales: Newman outscored PHS 24-5 in the second half to win the F/S game 42-24. Freshman McKenzie Hecht led PHS with 10 points on her 15th birthday. ... PHS is scheduled to play Kewanee in a makeup date from November Saturday at Prouty Gym with the F/S at 10:30 a.m. and varsity at noon.