Princeton’s Jasmyn Hardin (22) battles Kings guard Mackenzie Seiter for a rebound on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (Tony Tribble for the Enquirer)
Mike Dyer reports:
Princeton continued a significant streak of sectional titles Monday night as the Vikings defeated Kings 71-35 at Lakota East.
Kelsey Mitchell had 17 points, Chelsea Mitchell added 16 and Carlie Pogue had 15 for the Vikings (18-7).
Princeton advances to play Winton Woods (18-6) in a Division I district final at 5 p.m. Saturday at Harrison.
Winton Woods, ranked No. 5 in The Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, has won four consecutive games this month since a 56-49 loss to Princeton on Feb. 6.
“I think they are a tough matchup,” Princeton coach Jill Phillips said.
Princeton, ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer poll, has won eight consecutive games overall. Princeton defeated Hamilton 51-44 in the Division I sectional semifinals Feb. 21.
Kelsey Mitchell, a junior guard, had 13 of her 17 points in the first half Monday night. Mitchell finished with seven assists.
“I thought she did a great job in the first half getting us going offensively and defensively,” Phillips said. “…Her points are sometimes very quiet…but she gives us so much.”
Mitchell was named last week the District 16 Coaches’ Association Division I player of the year despite playing in just seven regular-season games due to injury.
Mitchell returned to the starting lineup from a foot injury Jan. 30 against Hamilton. She injured her foot at Lakota West Dec. 1.
Phillips said Monday night it was good to continue to get Mitchell back in the flow of the game this postseason.
Going into Monday’s game, Mitchell averaged 22.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.7 steals. Mitchell is ranked the nation’s No. 4 player in the 2014 class by the ESPN.com/HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings and was a preseason All-American by USA Today. She has been the District 16 player of the year three consecutive years.
On Monday, the Vikings started quickly against Kings. Princeton led 17-6 at the end of the first quarter and led 38-19 at halftime. Princeton led 58-29 at the end of the third quarter.
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