PRINCETON — In the second game Thursday at the Tigresses Holiday Tournament, the Putnam County girls basketball team scored the first 43 points and cruised to a 52-5 victory Bureau Valley at Prouty Gymnasium while Princeton capped the night by beating Henry 41-12.
Putnam County 52, Bureau Valley 5
The Lady Panthers came out and forced the issue with the Storm by creating several turnovers and letting their offense take over.
Daniela Pavlovich did the majority of the damage for PC as she hit for 11 of her team-high 13 points in the first half.
“I challenged the girls at halftime,” James Barnett said. “We wanted to do the little things well and continue to improve on what we did in the first half."
Barnett’s team did just that as Taylor Pettit hit three shots from behind the arc to push the lead to 43-0 at the end of the third quarter.
With 2:46 left in the fourth quarter, Heaven Bennett hit 1-of-2 free throws to finally get the Storm on the scoreboard.
Pettit was the leading scorer with 18 points. Bennett and Nicole Bornsheuer led the Storm with two points each.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” Storm coach Tiffany Gonigam said. “They could have easily hung their heads and pouted or they could come out and learn from the mistakes.”
Princeton 41, Henry 12
Much like the other game, Princeton took control early on as it led 22-8 at halftime behind seven points from Abby Jaques.
“It was nice to see the girls start out strong like that,” Tigresses coach Kevin Hieronymus said. “It wasn’t just one or two players getting the job done and that helped us jump out to that start.”
Henry could not figure out what it needed to get its offense going.
The Mallards totaled just three points in the second quarter and were shut out in the third before scoring four in the fourth to end the drought.
“We are a young team and it shows at times,” Henry coach Ken Kuehn said. “We have not been practicing that much because of games, but next week we’ll get back into the gym and work on some things.”
The Tigresses stretched their lead to 35-8 before taking the contest 41-12. Zoe Mead led Princeton with 12 points while Mackenzey Wilson added 10.
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