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La Salle-Peru sophomore guard Quincie Weber has missed time recently with a strained Achilles tendon.
She was back Tuesday, and she made sure everyone knew it.
Weber came off the bench in the first quarter to spark the Lady Cavaliers to a 44-21 non-conference victory over Princeton.
“I felt better tonight with my injury and I just wanted to help the team since I’ve been out,” said Weber, who had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. “I felt like I should try to get back.”
When Weber entered the game, the Lady Cavs trailed 5-4 midway through the first quarter.
Weber quickly knocked down a pull-up jumper with 3:51 left in the period and scored six more points to help L-P take a 17-7 lead after the first eight minutes.
“She’s getting healthier,” L-P coach Hollis Vickery said. “She’s had a leg issue and it’s getting better. I think as that gets better, so will she. She has plenty of potential. When she gets healthy, she’s going to be extra good.”
Weber was one of several players who made strong contributions off the bench as L-P reserves accounted for 61.4 percent of the team’s points.
Hailey Armstrong knocked down three 3-pointers — including on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter to give L-P a 20-point lead — to finish with nine points.
“They shot the ball well. They got to the spots where they were supposed to be,” Vickery said of Weber and Armstrong. “Hailey’s a good 3-point shooter. That’s what she’s out there for. She did a good job finding open shots and hitting them. Quincie did a good job taking care of the ball underneath the basket and driving to the basket. She had some nice baskets.
“Both of them hit some shots when we needed them to get going. Both of them play as much as a starter, so it’s six of one, half dozen of the other with those two.”
Behind Weber’s spark, the Lady Cavs pushed their lead to 25-12 at halftime and 42-15 by the end of the third quarter.
“We kind of stood around a lot the first half,” Vickery said. “Our defense wasn’t especially bad, but our offense, we didn’t work the ball around enough. We were satisfied with one pass and then shoot for a while there. Our defensive intensity wasn’t as alive as I want it to be, but when it was all said and done, we did what we needed to do and got a win.”
The victory improves L-P to 11-9 on the season, which matches the Lady Cavs’ win total from last season. The Lady Cavs have only won 11 games in a season twice since 2002.
“I think it’s very honorable for the team,” Weber said. “It’s a good achievement.” Kelly Schmidt led Princeton with eight points and six rebounds, while Zoe Mead added six points and five boards.
The Tigresses (2-16) shot 9-of-44 and committed 28 turnovers.
“L-P had some good pressure with their 1-3-1 half-court trap and caused us some problems,” PHS coach Kevin Hierynomous said. “I know we had too many turnovers at halftime. They play (their pressure) well. I think we tried to go over the top too much. We needed some more ball fakes to get around it.”
Notes: Hierynomous told to his players about legendary area coach Gerald “Chips” Giovanine, who passed away Saturday. “I talked to the girls tonight about Chips Giovanine and what a great coach he was here at L-P High School,” Hierynomous said. “I just let them know he was a good friend of mine and wanted to dedicate the game to him in his gym tonight. He was a friend of our program. He came to coach the last two years at our camp. This past summer, he took chemotherapy one week and came out and coached our girls on the finer point of shooting the next week. He had a great passion and love for the game of basketball and it showed.” … The L-P sophomore team won 39-13 and the L-P freshman team won 32-27.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor
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