By Jeff Wallner, Enquirer contributor
The challenge defensively for Princeton’s opponents this season is which Mitchell sister to focus on. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell is an Ohio State University commit and two-time Enquirer player of the year. On Wednesday night it was hot perimeter shooting by her sister, Chelsea, which sparked a Vikings victory.
Chelsea Mitchell, also a Buckeyes commit, hit five 3-pointers and scored 15 points, and Kelsey added a team-leading 24 points, lifting Princeton, ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, to a 64-52 victory over No. 3 Lakota West in a clash of Greater Miami Conference powers.
“Chelsea’s been shooting the ball well lately. She’s confident in her shot,” said Vikings coach Jill Phillips. “We talked after the loss to Fairmont that we needed to be more balanced. There will be nights when Kelsey’s going to be off. It’s rare.”
Junior guard Lauren Cannatelli scored 17 points, and sophomore guard Nia Staples added 16 for the Firebirds.
The Vikings, who were coming off a 63-54 loss to defending Division I state champion Kettering Fairmont, looked sluggish early in Wednesday’s game.
A strong defensive effort by Cannatelli, a University of Dayton commit, made things tough early on for Kelsey Mitchell, who went scoreless in the first quarter while picking up two fouls.