All four Lakota varsity basketball teams were in action Saturday. See below for scores and recaps of each game.
Nick Chaney reported for the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Princeton rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to knock off Lakota East on the road Saturday night, 70-63. The Lady Vikings – ranked first in The Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll - got a big night from their back court as sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell scored 29 points and her senior teammate Breanna Rucker added 24 points and nine rebounds.
The teams combined for 17 3-pointers in the game, but both coaches said the difference was turnovers.
“The press got to us in the second half,” Lakota East coach Nikki Drew said. “Any time you play Princeton, you’re going to learn to get stronger and tougher with the ball.”
Drew got a big night from senior forward Molly Blomer, who scored 23 points and added eight boards in what her coach called one of the better high school games she’d seen.
“[Molly’s] energy was the difference for us,” coach Drew said.
Princeton coach Jill Phillips made the halftime adjustment to pick up the pressure, and it paid off for the Lady Vikings – they forced 18 Lakota East turnovers in the victory. Phillips also liked what she saw on the offensive end out of the locker room.
“We were a lot more patient against the zone and got some good looks in the third quarter,” she said. “We brought them out of the zone and played more our style in the fourth quarter.”
Phillips said her team tried to force things a little too much and didn’t use enough clock down the stretch, but they found a way to get the win.
“We only play (Lakota East) once this year,” Phillips said. “I think it’s a huge win for us, especially on the road.”
Princeton will be back in action on Friday at home against Ursuline. No. 3 Lakota East will have a week off before taking on Colerain on the road on Saturday.
Princeton 70, Lakota East 63
Princeton (10-0, 7-0 in the GMC) – Roper 2 0 5, Ballew 3 0 7, Mitchell 9 7 29, Rucker 9 3 3 24, Mitchell 2 0 4, Pogue 0 1 1. Totals 25 11 70.
Lakota East (7-3, 5-2 in the GMC) – B. Satterwhite 2 4 10, Grevenkamp 4 2 11, Franklin 0 2 2, Shaw 3 4 11, Blomer 9 1 23, K. Satterwhite 2 0 4, Pashi 1 0 2. Totals 21 13 63.
Halftime: Lakota East, 40-34. 3-pointers: P 9 (Roper, Ballew, Mitchell 4, Rucker 3), LE 8 (B. Satterwhite 2, Grevenkamp, Shaw, Blomer 4).
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