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Princeton girls fall short at E-P

Princeton’s Kenzie Coleman (center) glides to the basket for two points during Monday’s non-conference game against Erie-Prophetstown.
Princeton’s Kenzie Coleman (center) glides to the basket for two points during Monday’s non-conference game against Erie-Prophetstown.

ERIE - Erie-Prophets-town seemingly had an answer for everything the Princeton Tigresses threw at them Monday night.
The Tigresses led 15-8 after the first quarter and held a lead in each of the remaining quarters as the teams battled back and forth. The Lady Panthers had the last say, closing the game on a 12-2 run to win going away with a 47-38 victory in TRAC East play.
Princeton coach Tiffany Gonigam said foul trouble hurt the Tigresses more than anything. It especially hurt having sophomore starter McKenzie Hecht in and out of foul trouble before fouling out in the third quarter.
“We put them at the line 21 times, they made 17. We only shot nine free throws. That’s not officiating, we have to be more aggressive to the basket when teams are over playing us and we need to move as the ball moves on defense and be in position,” said Gonigam, whose team beat E-P 35-27 a month ago at Princeton.
“They got a lot of easy looks at the basket and shot the ball really well tonight. Hecht being in foul trouble and only playing 12 minutes, mostly in first half really hurt us. We struggled to fill her void on both offense and defense. She does a lot on both sides of the ball, with her we can be a much quicker and higher pressure team. Not having her took us out of a lot of things we were having success at.”
Princeton regained a 36-35 lead to open the fourth quarter on a short shot by Grace May and a putback by Taylor Quiram with exactly 6:00 left to play.
E-P (3-14, 2-5) tied the game at 36 on a free throw by Makenzie Glassburn. E-P’s junior post added a hoop on a wide-open look on an inbounds play to give the Lady Panthers a lead they would never give up at 38-36.
Quiram led the Tigresses with 16 points, connecting on 7 of 19 shots while missing all five attempts beyond the arc. Senior point guard Kenzie Coleman added 10 points.
E-P got balanced scoring with Glassburn netting 13, Ella Heyvaert 12 and Kara Shipper 10.
Everything was going Princeton’s way early. It took an 8-4 lead and made it 15-8 at quarter’s end on a 3-pointer by Brynn Hieronymus and a basket off a steal by Coleman.
Coleman’s second 3-pointer of the second quarter gave the Tigresses a 21-18 lead with 1:25 left. However, Coleman’s treys proved to be PHS’ only scoring of the second quarter as E-P enjoyed a 14-6 advantage.
A basket by Glassburn on an inbounds play capped a 10-3 E-P run to close out the quarter and give the Lady Panthers a 22-21 halftime lead.
Princeton scored the first five points on the third quarter, going up 26-22 on a basket by Quiram off the press, 1-2 free throws by McKenzie Hecht and two free throws by Erika Sorenson.
Again, the Lady Panthers had an answer. Glassburn hooped twice to tie the game and a basket by junior Hayveart put E-P on top, 28-26.
Hayveart utilized the high-low game for two more hoops, offsetting three hoops by Quiram for a 32-32 tie.
A pair of free throws by Baylee Anderson put the Lady Panthers on top 35-32 at the end of three quarters.

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