Tiger girls rolls to two hoop victories

BASKETBALL UPDATES:  The Princeton girls basketball snapped a tough string by defeating St. Francis 67-56 in Jan. 21 Mississippi 8 action. Haley Sandin scored 22 and Taylor Laabs 10 to pace the Tiger offense that night.

Andie Jackson contributed eight points and nine rebounds against the Saints, with Danielle Chmielewski and Jenna Doyle both scoring seven. Chmielewski added six rebounds, and Sandin, Laabs and Jackson all finished with three steals.

Coach Andrew Fenske: “On Monday after the Rogers game, we had to decide what kind of team we wanted to be.  We finally wrapped up our tough stretch of games and tough opponents as well, and we wanted to  refocus on what we needed to do.  The biggest thing was believing in the family concept that I’ve instilling throughout the program.  The first half of St. Francis we weren’t playing the way we wanted to, but the second half we found out what we were truly capable of.”

• The Tigers worked for a 67-42 win over Cloquet on the St. Ben’s college court in the Jan. 23 meeting between the two Section 7AAA partners. Laabs paced the scoring with 19 points. Sandin added 14 and Doyle 12 points to go with 7 rebounds.

Coach Fenske: “Against Cloquet, we played the best team ball and looked like we were truly a family in one of the best games I’ve seen in the four years I’ve been here.  You could see it on the floor, on the bench, in the stands– it was really something else to see what we are capable of doing.  Hats off to our fans for truly getting after it, having fun, and working hard while playing the Princeton way. ”

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: East: Chisago Lakes 3-2, 11-3; Cambridge-Isanti 3-2, 7-7; North Branch 1-3, 9-5; Princeton 1-4, 5-8; St. Francis 0-5, 3-10.  West: St. Michael-Alb. 6-0, 12-3; Monticello 5-1, 13-4; Rogers 4-2, 11-6; Buffalo 3-2, 9-6; Big Lake 0-5, 3-11.

Prowlers top Tiger Boys

Thief River Falls used a final burst to leave Princeton with a 76-70 boys basketball win Jan. 25. Jack Sinkel sunk four ‘3s’ and led the Tigers with 22 points. Tanner Kinney added three ‘3s’ amid his 15 points, and Brady Peterson scored 12 and doubled-up with 11 rebounds to go with six assists. Additional Tiger scoring came from Caleb Scharber (8) and Eric Norman (6), and Sinkel added nine rebounds.

“We did a nice job defending their 6’7” center. We made it difficult for him to get good looks around the hoop,” said Tiger Coach Brett Cloutier. “Offensively, we attacked the paint well and were able to get to the free throw line throughout the game.”

• On Jan. 21, St. Francis shot past PHS 112-62. Peterson score 18, Sinkel 17 and Aaron Embertson 9 for the Tigers.

Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball: East: St. Francis 7-0, 14-3; Cambridge-Isanti 3-3, 9-6; Chisago Lakes 2-5, 7-11; North Branch 2-6, 5-11; Princeton 0-6, 5-11.  West: Buffalo 8-0, 13-5; St. Michael-Alb. 5-3, 8-10; Big Lake 4-3, 12-5; Rogers 2-4, 6-10; Monticello 2-5, 8-10.