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Lady Eagles knock off Elks
Princeton High's girls basketball team picked up a Pioneer Valley League win on Friday, stopping Elk Creek on the road 44-25.
It was the third time the two teams have faced each other so far this season, and when the game started it seemed the two teams did indeed know each other well.
The Eagles took the lead from the beginning, with forward Mindi Perez and guard Amanda Hansen taking the reins and leading Princeton.
Hansen led the offensive effort with 15 points on the night, while Maryssa Martin added 10.
Elk Creek tried their hands at solid defense but ended up fouling Princeton five times in the first quarter, providing the ammunition for the Eagles explosive offense.
Princeton continued its press, and found their scoring rhythm in the second quarter. Martin came out in the second quarter, as did teammates Perez and Hansen, all contributing points to the board for the visiting team. Elk Creek was able to keep its fouls to a minimum in the second quarter, but had some trouble finding the basket and only scored four points in the period, leaving them down 25-10 at the break.
Kayleen Swearinger hit some smooth shots during the third and fourth quarters, which saw Elk Creek come out for the second half calmer and more composed. Swearinger would lead the Lady Elks in scoring with 15 points on the night. Krista Swearinger also helped out the Elk Creek offense, dishing out the ball and providing four assists as well as hitting a couple shots of her own.
In spite of the fact that the Elks got their heads into the game in the third and fourth quarters, they still had some fouling issues, with some technical fouls being called on the home team that helped propel the Eagles further ahead.
Princeton coach Nate Odom was happy with the win, saying, "Playing here in Elk Creek against a team we have faced before makes for a good, fun and competitive game. It's always great to play here, and we also like winning away from home."
The Eagles (7-6, 1-1 PVL) hosts Paradise Adventist on Thursday.
Elk Creek, (2-9, 0-2) faced off against Paradise Adventist on Tuesday.
CONTACT Emily Saint-Evens at 824-7990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.