Showing a ton of fight to the end, the Princeton girls opened the Dec. 27-28 Monticello Holiday Tournament with a 75-68 loss to Staples-Motley, ranked 4th in Class AA.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were up 40-19 at the break. Danielle Chmielewski spurred the Tiger comeback by scoring off a Jenna Doyle pass popping consecutive three-pointers as the team quickly got within 40-32 early in the second half. Miranda Janssen also had a hot spurt from the outside, and Taylor Laabs’ ‘3’ kept the Tigers within 56-49.
The final five minutes were a whirlwind of action when Laabs began racking up steals off the press and scoring, then Haley Sandin scored eight straight points while knocking down two more ‘3s’ as Princeton was within 68-65 with 1:37 to go. Staples-Motley snuck away by sinking enough free throws in the final minute.
“The girls stepped up and showed what kind of team they can be. The girls gave us a chance to win, but we had some tough calls not go our way in the end. It’s always tough to win close games when you shoot zero free throws all game and they made 21– that’s a huge difference,” said Coach Andrew Fenske.
Laabs finished with a team-high 23 points, followed by Chmielewski (12), Janssen (11), and Sandin (10). Doyle led all players with 12 rebounds, and Laabs added six assists and five steals.
• Saturday afternoon in Monti’s fieldhouse, the Tigers came out strong with a nice lead in the first half, but it was Farmington getting hot in the second half to mark a 59-48 victory. Chmielewski led all scorers with 27 points. Sandin finished with 12 rebounds and three steals.