It’s a re-occurring theme here in the first day of Classic in the Country XI, the teams are all off to slow starts and this game hasn’t been any different. It took both team two minutes to get in the groove before each team got a bucket with just under six minuted to play in the first quarter.
In the battles of the No. 1’s on the floor Kelsey Mitchell, the future Buckeye, had six first quarter points for the Lady Vikings and the No. 1 jersey for Regis, Justine Hall, had eight first quarter points. Hall with be attended Purdue next season as a part of the Big Ten as well.
After the first quarter Regis Jesuit leads 14-11.
The second quarter saw the Regis Jesuit Raiders jump their lead out to two touchdowns at 28-14 after Neffi Lockley came in off the bench for a scoring punch. Hall has responsible for some of the punch too as she hit her third three of the game already from deep in the corner of the Reese Center.
Colorado’s best, the Raiders, got the lead as large as 36-18 doubling up the Vikings with over a minute to play in the second quarter. Hall got two easy baskets to open up the lead and Anna Ptasinski hit a 3 and a layup for five points in the quarter.
At the half, Regis led Princeton 38-25 led by Justine Hall’s 15 points.
What looked like a newly spirited team, the Vikings came out of the halftime with their foot on the pedal. Kelsey Mitchell got six quick points and closed the Raider lead to seven points. Prinecton started to look to drive to the basketball and draw fouls and use the foul stripe to get the back in the game.
And that worked for a bit.
The Raiders answered the punch by getting the ball low in the post to Diani Akigbogum and Kelsi Lidge who both got four points in the third quarter early to answer the Princeton push.
Akigbogum ended up with 9 points in the third quarter, but Princeton won the quarter 22-21 and couldn’t cut into the big Raiders lead despite the better scoring quarter from the Vikings. Regis leads at the end of three quarters 59-47.
An 11-4 run to start the fourth quarter for the Raiders pushed the lead all the way to as many as 20 points for Regis with the final score being 78-56.