MOUNT CARMEL - Trailing at the half, the Princeton Tigers battled back in the second half to knock off Mount Carmel, 48-43, in girls high school basketball action.

The victory evens the Tigers' record in the Big 8 Conference at 1-1.

"I couldn't be more pleased with our effort," said Princeton coach Brittany Maners. "We got down, I think, 10 in the first half and we kept chipping away at it. Our effort is off the charts right now. I couldn't be more proud of the way we played, especially in a tough environment."

Princeton (6-4 overall) trailed 26-20 at the half but scored the first three points of the second quarter and scored on their first possession of the third quarter.

The Tigers' defense held the Lady Aces to just three field goals in the second half and they all came in the fourth quarter. Princeton also did not turn the ball over in the third quarter but forced Mount Carmel into five turnovers in the third.

"We feed off [our defense]," said Maners. "I thought our guards did a good job of pressuring their guards and took them out of some things they wanted to do. They're a very good basketball team."

Mount Carmel led 28-22 after two free throws from Kylie Applebey. That's when the Tigers went on a 9-0. It started with a pair of free throws from Hannah Sisk.

Kiare Young forced a turnover and scored on a layup followed by a three-pointer from Sisk and two free throws by Young. With 2:56 left to play in the third quarter the Tigers had turned a six-point deficit into a three-point lead.

"We made a few adjustments both offensive and defensively," said Maners. "I think early on we got kind of got nervous to foul. We played a little passive on defense. We made some adjustments there and I thought we came out in the third quarter and really got it done."

Mount Carmel managed only six free throws in the third. Four straight came from Maya Smith to give the Lady Aces a 32-31 lead. It was the last lead for Mount Carmel as the Tigers ended the third quarter scoring the last seven points of the quarter.

Keona Louis kicked things off with a basket near the rim. Sisk added her second three of the quarter and it was finished off by Young's two free throws.

Young and Sisk combined for 39 of the team's points. Young finished 4-for-10 from the field and was 11-for-16 at the line for 20 points. Sisk was 6-for-9 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line for 19 points.

"I was really excited that we had the ball in the right people's hands at the right time," said Maners. "I thought we attacked it the right way."

Princeton will return to conference action Thursday when they host Boonville.

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