Tigerettes roar
Princeton (61) Vs. Nicholas County (43)
Jan 29, 2016
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
PRINCETON — Princeton girls basketball coach Charles Angell wanted his Tigerettes to play defense on Friday night.
They listened.
“That has been our thing, I told them coming into this game tonight, I said ‘You know what, we have been talking about all these different plays and all that, but when we started the year we talked defense and that is what we are going to do,’” Angell said. “I said tonight I want us to play defense and I thought we did.”
Kaleigh Barker led three Princeton scorers in double figures with 20 points, and the Tigerettes forced 28 steals/turnovers in a 61-43 win over Nicholas County on Coach Ralph Ball Court.
“We play really well together and we are a really aggressive team,” Barker said. “I think that helps getting all the steals, we just played really well today, it was good.”
Led by Jamie Vest with six steals and five apiece from Adrianna Mitchem and Danielle Hall, the Tigerettes forced 11 first quarter turnovers, and seven more in a key stretch of the third period that allowed Princeton to pull away from the Grizzlies.
“That is our game,” Angell said. “When we can do that I think we are much better team.”
Princeton (10-3), which hadn’t play since a loss at Summers County on Jan. 16, was glad to finally back out on the court.
“This is a big game for us,” Barker said. “We have been off for two weeks so it felt good to play again and not practice. We were a little out of shape, but we will be getting back into it.”
Nicholas County (9-4), which had a definite height advantage on the Tigerettes, overcame a 16-9 deficit after the first period to take a 26-24 lead the break, going on an 11-2 run over the final 3:32 of the half.
“I think we were just winded a little bit,’’ Barker said. “We turned around and played the trap and got a lot of steals off of it and it kept us upbeat enough.”
Barker, who led the Tigers with 20 points, while also collecting six rebounds and two blocked shots, was the steady hand during the run for the Grizzlies, scoring all eight of Princeton’s points in the second period.
“She is the leader of the team,” said Angell, who is used to those types of contributions from Barker.
“Coach puts a lot of leadership on me so I feel I am pretty calm with it,” Barker said. “I just help them out when the time comes.”
It came after the break. Princeton came out with hands in the passing lanes, deflecting passes away, leading to layups at the other end. That led to a 10-0 run, with Vest being just one of many making plays on the end of the court. She finished with 14 points for the Tigers.
“Last year I told Jaime after her sophomore year, I said your shooting and offense is fine, you have got to be able to become a better defensive player and she really has this year,” Angell sad. “She really has.”
Two free throws by Brooklyn Loss and an offensive putback from Emily Parker cut the deficit to 34-30, but the Tigerettes went on another run, scoring 10 of the next 14 points to take a 44-34 lead into the final period.
That would be plenty for Princeton, which outscored the Grizzlies 37-17 in the second half, while converting 19 of 23 free throws in the game.
In addition to double figures from Barker and Vest, senior point guard Hall played her usual steady game, collecting 12 points, five assists and five steals.
“We don’t get that 25-point scorer every night,” Angell said, “but we usually get four girls in double figures and that is what I like about our team.”
Nicholas County was led by Parker, Anna Hamilton and Amanda King, all of whom has seven points apiece.
“That wasn’t a bad team, that was a good win,” Angell said. “That is what I told the girls, that is a good win, we will take that one...We needed that big time.”
Princeton, which also got eight points from Mitchem and seven points, seven boards and two blocks from Day Day Eaves, will visit Oak Hill on Monday, followed on Tuesday with a rematch at home against Summers County.
“We weren’t playing as a team and we weren’t playing well, but we are going back at them on Tuesday,” said Barker, of that loss to the Bobcats nearly two weeks ago. “I think we are getting back into our rhythm now so we should be good.”
They’ve been good most of the season, possibly even exceeding the expectations of Angell.
“I just felt coming into this season we should have a winning season,” Anglell said. “I didn’t know exactly where we would be at right now, but I felt like we would have a winning season.”
He’ll take 10-3, with the only setbacks coming to Logan, Tolsia and the Bobcats.
“We’re happy with that,” Angell said.
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at Princeton Senior High School
Sophie Kiser 1 2-2 4, Brooklyn Loss 1 3-4 6, Olivia Carpenter 1 0-0 2, Amanda King 2 3-5 7, Anna Hamilton 3 1-4 7, Josie Chapman 0 0-0 0, Alexis Nicholas 2 1-2 5, Zoe Spencer 2 0-0 5, Emily Parker 2 2-2 7, Alyssa Chapman 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 12-19 43.
Danielle Hall 3 6-8 12, Adrianna Mitchem 3 2-2 8, Jaime Vest 6 2-2 14, Kaleigh Barker 6 8-9 20, Day Day Eaves 3 1-2 7, Brittany Long 0 0-0 0, Autumn Bradley 0 0-0 0, Madisun Parsons 0 0-0 0, Tayah Belcher 0 0-0 0, Olivia Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 19-23 61.
Nicholas County............9 17 8 9 — 43
Princeton.....................16 8 20 17 — 61
3-point goals: NC 3 (Loss, Spencer 1, Parker 1); PR 0. Total fouls: NC 16; PR 14. Technicals: none. JV—none.
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Princeton 16 8 20 17 0 61
Nicholas County 9 17 8 9 0 43
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