PRINCETON — Princeton Community basketball girls will seek revenge Thursday night when they host Big Eight Conference rival Boonville.
All three Gibson County distaff teams will be in action this evening, Gibson Southern visiting Mount Vernon and Wood Memorial visiting South Spencer.
The Lady Tigers, owning a two-game win streak and 6-4 record after Monday's 48-43 win at Mount Carmel, seek to avenge last December's 61-50 loss in Boonville, where the Lady Pioneers' since-graduated Arielle Blankenship scored 11 points the fourth quarter. The daughter of former Wood Memorial and Boonville football coach James Blankenship now is a freshman on softball scholarship at Indiana State. Her fourth quarter last Dec. 8 assured that the Lady Tigers wouldn't catch up despite 20 points by then-junior Kiare Young and 16 by then-senior Brooke James, now at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel.
Boonville will arrive with a 2-4 record. The Lady Pioneers will be playing for the first time since Nov. 26 when they fell 58-22 to 4A Castle, ranked 13th in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association statewide poll that covers all classes. On Nov. 15, they lost 70-53 to Evansville Central, a 51-49 November 25 winner over Princeton.
Not only do Coach Brittany Maners' Lady Tigers seek to raise their Big Eight record to 2-1, they seek to carry moment into Saturday's home date with Class A No. 4-ranked Vincennes Rivet.
Gibson Southern girls, their five-game win streak snapped in Monday night's 61-52 loss to 4A Evansville North, are in the midst of a four-games-in-seven-nights stretch. Upon returning from Mount Vernon, Coach Mark Monroe's team will host 4A Evansville Central in the 5:30 p.m. opener of Friday two-gender doubleheader. The Lady Titans will take a 5-2 record to Mount Vernon, where the hosts own a 3-3 record after finishing 2-21 last season, including a 66-29 loss to Gibson Southern. The current Lady Wildcats are riding a two-game win streak, including a 54-53 Nov. 30 win in Princeton, where Gibson Southern won 56-41 Nov. 17.
The Lady Titans have won their last three meetings with Mount Vernon since falling 61-50 Dec. 5, 2013, in Posey County.
Wood Memorial girls, 41-21 Tuesday winners over Blue Chip Conference foe Barr-Reeve, will take a three-game win streak and 4-4 record to South Spencer, whose Lady Rebels stand winless in eight games after Monday's 64-31 loss at Pike Central, a team the Lady Trojans beat 38-28 Nov. 17 in Oakland City. As Class A state champions-to-be, Coach Johnnie Bartley's team beat the Lady Rebels 72-36 last Dec. 8 as Indiana High School Athletic Association Class A Mental Attitude Award winner Brenna Maikranz scored 19 points. Sydney Day, now Maikranz' junior college teammate at Olney (Illinois) Central, scored 16. Current senior Lexi Lashbrook added 12, since-graduated Katie Thacker 11.