"We've got to value the ball — we've got to learn how to take care of it," Princeton coach Ernie Gilliard said. "When we have these turnovers early and we allow these teams to get the runs on us, it's difficult. Our shooting hasn't developed well enough to where we can play catch-up and catch-up is always tough whether you've got good shooters or not."
SC led 26-7 at the end of the first quarter, and Princeton could not cut the deficit lower than 16 points. The Black Eagles reeled off a 19-2 run to finish the game.
South Charleston lost seven seniors off of last year's squad, which made the Class AAA semifinals before falling to Woodrow Wilson. Herbert didn't quite know what to expect coming into this year and while he was ecstatic with Wednesday's result, he is still expecting growing pains.
"I was tickled to death — I wasn't expecting this the first time out," Herbert said. "To tell the truth, I thought we were pretty mediocre till tonight just because of losing all those guys from last year. I felt like it was going to be a work in progress; hopefully six, eight, 10 games in we'll be OK and I still think that.
"This thing here I think it was just kind of an anomaly. It was just something that happened that really doesn't show where we're at as a basketball team."
Ashton O'Dell contributed 13 points for the Tigers and Jay Palmer scored 10.
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