Basketball: Royal girls surge past Tigers 56-44

The Rogers Royals generated a 19-2 run in the first half and went on to defeat the Princeton Tigers 56-44 at home Tuesday evening.

Princeton jumped ahead 12-4 before the Royals dominated the rest of the half to take a 25-14 halftime lead.

“Considering the hole we dug for ourselves in the first few minutes, I thought the girls did a great job battling back, and overall played a good game,” said coach Jeremy Digiovanni. “Once we were able to get the game within one possession, our kids got going on both ends of the court.”

Jordyn Motter netted 17 points for the Royals (4-4 conference, 9-7 overall). Jessica Beach added 10, Maria Loughlin 9, Amy Reichert 8, and Morgan Edstrom and xxx McClay 6 each.

Solid defense and rebounding were the keys, along with 11-for-11 free throw shooting in the first half, said the coach. The Royals shot 84 percent and Princeton 50 percent at the line.

Kadie Savage and Becca Hass netted 10 each and thousand-pointer Mariah Clarin had 9 for the Tigers (2-6 conference, 6-9 overall).

Rogers will host STMA on Thursday evening.

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