PRINCETON — The Princeton Community girls basketball team could not have scripted a better start Saturday afternoon against visiting South Spencer.
Behind the strength of six opening points from Cortney Dove and another five straight from Hannah Sisk, the Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back.
Sisk poured in a game-high 21 points to pace Princeton Community to a 59-47 win over the Lady Rebels inside Tiger Arena.
“I think really we just came out here knowing what we needed to do and that is what we did,” Sisk said of the fast start. “And we did not want to give them anything easy.”
After Dove scored the first three buckets just 90 seconds into the game, Sisk extended the Lady Tigers lead when she converted a steal into a layup before knocking down the first of her three triples in the game.
South Spencer missed its first six shots from the field before breaking the scoring drought with a bucket just over halfway into the opening eight minutes.
Princeton carried a 19-5 lead into the second period.
“Most definitely a great start,” Lady Tigers coach Brittany Maners said. “We had a game plan coming in and I thought for the first four or five minutes of the game we really gave it 110 percent and executed it well.”
The Lady Rebels connected on a trio of 3-pointers in the second stanza as they eventually cut the deficit to 26-20 at the break.
PCHS opened the second half on an 8-3 spurt as the South Spencer could pull no closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Lady Tigers were able to maintain their lead despite Sisk picking up her fourth foul early in the third period and having to sit on the bench until a little over four minutes remaining in the game.
“I have a problem with picking up fouls,” the Lady Tigers’ junior guard said. “I was sitting there (on the bench) thinking that my team needs me so I can’t pick up any more fouls.”
Sisk closed out the game by scoring the final nine points for her team.
“It felt pretty good,” Sisk said of the finish. “Those last four or five minutes I really just gave it my all. And really, all my teammates played great. They all gave it 110 percent.”
Maners mentioned it’s good to have someone who can score like Sisk, but hoping she can play a little smarter.
“We would definitely like to have her out there on the floor more than we did tonight,” the Lady Tigers’ coach said. “She is such a great offensive force.”
Dove finished with 14 points and sophomore Reagan Cochren added 10 points to give the hosts three players in double figure scoring.
Dove also added a game-high 12 boards giving the sophomore post player a double-double.
“Corntey kind of blew us all away with her performance,” Maners said of her six footer. “She came out and played like a beast today and that is what we have been talking to her about. She wanted her to step up her game and she definitely did that.
In all, eight different players scored for the Lady Tigers in the win.
“I like that we had a lot of different girls who stepped up and made plays for us,” Maners said of the contributions from multiple players. “I was not just impressed with Cortney and Hannah, but when you can have seven or eight different players contribute a lot of good things in a different ways like we had today, you are going to win games.”
The Lady Tigers also picked up a win in the junior varsity contest.
Brookelyn Packer converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1.3 seconds left in overtime for a 41-38 win. Tabi Thompson assisted on the game-winning play.
Princeton (1-0) returns to the court Tuesday at Southridge.
LADY TIGERS 59, LADY REBELS 47
South Spencer 5 15 14 13 — 47
Princeton Comm. 19 7 18 15 — 59
SOUTH SPENCER (0-1) — Emma Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Katelyn Tindle 0-3 1-2 1, Trinity Britton 2-12 4-6 10, Briley Burns 4-12 3-4 12, Alix Stoermer 3-11 0-0 8, Brinna Erwin 3-12 0-0 9, Sofi Young 1-1 0-0 2, Brooklyn Turner 5-6 5. Totals 13-52 13-18 47.
PRINCETON COMMUNITY (1-0) — Reagan Cochren 4-14 1-2 10, Hannah Sisk 7-11 4-4 21, Gracy Key 1-1 1-2 3, Emma Sartore 1-1 0-0 2, Tiahanna Berry 0-1 0-0 0, Miranda Wright 1-2 2-2 4, Keyana Hardiman 0-0 0-0 0, Cortney Dove 7-8 0-3 14, Brookely Packer 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 23-41 9-15 59.
3-pointers: South Spencer 8-25 (Erwin 3, Stoermer, Britton 2, Burns); Princeton 4-10 (Sisk 3, Cochren). Rebounds: South Spencer 20 (Turner 4); Princeton 37 (Dove 12). Turnovers: South Spencer 17; Princeton 25. Fouls: South Spencer 13; Princeton 14.