Looking to steal a win against a team that most thought would be the run-away district champion, Anna opened its district schedule on Friday playing host to Princeton. The Coyotes played it close, but went upside down 12 points in the third quarter and were never able to recover as they fell 50-33.
Anna got off to a fast start with an early bucket from Jeff Muchai to get them on the board followed by a trey from Keamoni Mattocks to take a 5-0 lead. The Panthers shut that down just as quickly, however, and answered with an 11-0 run to close out the quarter.
Mattocks hit another three in the first minutes of the second quarter, but her came the Panthers once again. Princeton went on another run lead to an Anna timeout with 3:08 left in the half, and the Coyotes facing a nine-point deficit.
Senior Adriun Harrison helped mount a comeback in those last minutes, icing two from the charity stripe to cut the lead to seven and then draining a falling-down, buzzer-beating three to bring Anna within two at the end of the first half.
Princeton had a breakout third quarter to slash the Coyotes’ hopes of an upset. The Panthers scored 18 in the period and held Anna to just six as they opened up a 14-point advantage going into the fourth. Princeton went on to close it out from there, taking the game by 17 points.
Harrison led the team with 14 points. Mattocks and Muchai added six each. Other Anna scorers included: Dylan Duncan (4) and Ben Ramos (3).
Anna will look to rebound but the road is not any easier as they travel to Melissa on Friday night. The Cardinals stunned the Panthers on the road in an overtime thriller the previous Tuesday.
P 11 8 18 13 — 50
A 5 12 6 10 — 33