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Eagles take flight for pair versus Elk Creek
The Princeton High boys and girls basketball teams treated the hometown crowd to a double-dip win on Friday, with both squads coming out victorious.
In the main event, the Eagles got 15 points from Luis Angel and were able to hold on for a 38-29 win, despite being outscored 9-3 in the fourth quarter.
Princeton jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first quarter with Lucas Hubbard finding the range from a distance for a 3-pointer, which was followed by consecutive hoops from Julian Rosas, and buckets from Oscar Espinoza and Angel which gave the Eagles an 11-0 lead.
Keith Morinda scored the first three of his team-high 13 on a three-point play to break Princeton's opening flourish.
The two sides traded nine-spots in the second quarter, with both sides going full throttle on offense as the physicality of the first quarter did not let up for the entire ballgame. Angel began a six-point run in the third quarter with a trey, and followed that with three free throws, but Elk Creek responded with a 3-point bomb launched by Brian Morales - who finished the game with 12 points.
The fourth quarter turned into a battle of attrition, as each team lost a pair of players to fouls, with both benches called upon to play out the period.
The Elks (0-8, 0-1 Pioneer-Valley League) put up the first nine points of the quarter, but baskets by Hubbard and Angel helped seal the Princeton victory.
Rosas helped out with eight points for the Eagles (4-9, 1-0 PVL), and Espinoza added six.
Princeton 66, Elk Creek 22 (girls)
The Lady Elks Jessica Burrows was a one-woman show in the first quarter of the girls game as she scored all nine of her team's points, but a more balanced attack on the part of the Eagles saw them pull ahead 25-9 after one.
Maryssa Martin netted 11 of her game-high 19 points in the first eight minutes, while Amanda Hansen chipped in with eight and Jessica Lohse, four. Hansen and Lohse both scored 16 in the contest.
Elk Creek )0-9, 0-1 PVL) got two-point contributions from Shillah Razo, Kayla Bernard, Janea Cameron and Sarah McCabe in the second period and Burrows added three, but Hansen and martin combined for 14 second-quarter points to put Princeton (10-5, 1-0 PVL) comfortably out front 41-20.
And it only got better or worse from there, depending on which team fans were rooting for.
The Eagles ran off the only 19 points of the third quarter, with Bernard's fourth-quarter hoop finally snapping a 21-point Princeton run, with the remainder of the game rushing by with the help of a running clock.
Burrows led Elk Creek with 12 points.
Martin earned a double-double by collecting 16 rebounds, as did Lohse with 10.
Princeton plays at Paradise Adventist on Thursday, while Elk Creek played at Providence on Tuesday.
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