Tigerettes stave off River View
Princeton (37) Vs. River View (32)
Feb 19, 2016
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
PRINCETON — The Princeton girls’ basketball team’s win over River View wasn’t necessarily a thing of beauty. But for the Tigerettes’ Kaleigh Barker, for a Senior Night — that’ll do.

Barker scored 15 points and made contributions all over the scoresheet and Princeton held off the Lady Raiders 37-32.

The victory helped to recalibrate the Tigerettes’ expectations as they prepare for next week’s sectionals showdown with Woodrow Wilson.

“We had to get this win to make us strong for the sectionals. That was a good win for us,” said Barker, who had five rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

“Our offense ... we’re still struggling with that. But when we passed the ball around faster we got more open shots and started knocking them down,” she said.

There was nothing bad to say about the Tigerettes’ defensive effort. Princeton (13-5) held River View to only two points in the first quarter and five in the second.

Despite this, the Tigerette’s offensive difficulties allowed River View to hang around longer than they otherwise might. Princeton’s decision to start holding the basketball in the fourth quarter even emboldened the Lady Raiders, who managed to whittle the home team’s 14-point lead down to three points.

“I about lost that one because I pulled the ball out too soon,” said Angell, whose winning lead was kept aloft by a pair of Danielle Hall free throws and a steal and transition bucket by Jaime Vest.

“We were playing so bad on offense, I was just trying to get the game over with. Our offense was just so stagnant. But we played great defense tonight,” he said.

Katie Dobbs scored 12 points to pace the Lady Raiders (13-7), including her 1,000th career point during River View’s late comeback surge. She also grabbed 13 rebounds, putting her 17 away from 1,000 career boards.

“Our girls came over here and kind of lollygagged and didn’t get a good warm-up. In the first half, it showed,” said Lady Raiders head coach Gary Justice. “In the second half, we finally woke up and started playing.”

Angell will be focused on diagnosing and correcting his team’s offensive rough spots before Wednesday’s sectional showdown with Woodrow Wilson.

“We’ve got to get to practice and get better with ball movement and better shot selection. And I also think part of our problem is just getting the shots to fall. They just haven’t been falling for us lately,” Angell said. “We’re kind of like a baseball team having a batting slump.”

At Princeton High School


Kiersten Roberts 0 2-4 2, Emily Golden 0 0-1 0, Paige Cooper 1 3-5 6, Lakyin Lambert 1 0-0 2, Alison Meade 0 0-2 0, LIndsay Meade 2 3-4 7, Britton 1 1-2 3, Katie Dobbs 5 2-5 12. Totals 10 11-22 32.


Danielle Hall 2 2-7 6, Tayah Belcher 0 0-0 0, Adrianna Mitchem 2 0-0 4, Jaime Vest 1 00-2 2, Brittany Long 1 0-0 2, Kaleigh Barker 5 4-6 15, Autumn Bradley 3 0-0 6, DayDay Eaves 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 6-15 37.

River View.........2 5 12 13 — 32

Princeton..........8 11 14 4 — 37

3-point goals: River View 1 (Cooper), Princeton 1 (Barker)/
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Princeton 8 11 14 4 0 37
River View 2 5 12 13 0 32
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