The No. 1 Princeton Lady Tigers (13-0) found out just how good the No. 10 team team in 3A is. And if they have any desire to win a 3A title, they are probably hoping they won't have to play them again.The No. 10 Washington Lady Hatchets (11-2) went toe-to-toe with Princeton for 32 minutes, keeping the game a lot closer than the 58-48 final may have indicated."This game started with our seniors," said WHS coach Gretchen Miles. "They are just so competitive. it doesn't matter who is next on the schedule, they are looking to beat them. It was a great measuring stick and we know where to go to from here."Princeton's all-world sophomore Jackie Young led all scoring with 35 points, however WHS forced Young into beating them, as they shut down most of Princeton's other scoring options. Although the Hatchets lost by 10, the biggest difference may have come on the offensive boards and at the free throw line. Princeton had an 8-2 advantage on the offensive glass and was 8-10 down the stretch from the free throw line."With a team like Princeton, you have to do the little things right to have a chance to beat them," said Miles. "We gave up too many offensive rebounds and they turned into points."The game took a couple of minutes to find a rhythm, however it quickly turned into a battle between Young and Ally Hunsinger. Young had 11 of Princeton's first 13 and Hunsinger started with 9 of WHS's first 11.Princeton began to stretch the lead to 21-13, but junior Cheyenne Jones took the game to the paint, with 8 points and 3 rebounds, keeping WHS within 10, 29-19 at the half. The third quarter was a slugfest, with Princeton draining 7-12 from the floor, however Washington went 8-11, including 3-pointers from Hunsinger, Emily Mahan and Jones, cutting the lead to 44-38. A jumper from Hunsinger cut the lead to just four in the early moments of the fourth, but Young came up with the next five points to give the Lady Tigers a little breathing room. Both teams would trade baskets through the rest of the game, including points from Mahan, Jenna Johnson and Perez. Perez ended the night with five points and three boards, but Miles was quick to point out what she was asked to do."She had such a tough assignment guarding Young," said Miles. "I thought she did great job overall."Hunsinger led WHS 16 points, while Jones had 14, Mahan and Johnson had six each. Senior Audra Stallman led with six boards. "It was a gutsy performance, a learning performance. Cheyenne supped up, especially in the second half, Ally is a big time player and she hit some big shots, especially the three. I'm proud of everone up and down the roster," said Miles.In the JV contest, WHS took the 52-34 contest. Izzy Waggoner led with 12 points, while Kaitlin Davis had nine.WHS takes on Bloomfield on Tuesday.
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