"It just happened that they missed a couple of shots. Our effort and attitude has changed completely. We've been working on the little things. We've been playing full games, not just halves. All the effort and attitude has just been great.''
GW junior post Kelli Jo Harrison added 17 points and nine rebounds while senior center Leslie Gilmore turned in a season-high 15 points and 10 boards. Mobayed turned in seven points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
The Patriots were coming off two tough losses - a 57-56 setback on a last-second buzzer-beater to No. 1 and defending state champion Greenbrier East on Thursday and a 68-43 loss to Parkersburg South on Feb. 2 in the co-championship game of the Big Atlantic Classic.
"That was a huge step,'' said GW coach Jamie LaMaster, who has guided the Patriots to the state semifinals the past two seasons. "I really, really have to praise my seniors. I have four four-year seniors and three of those years they've won the East Division. Now, we've got to win [a conference title]."
Akers finished with a game-best 32 points on 12-of-36 shooting, including six 3s, and added six rebounds for No. 5 Princeton (15-4). Senior guard Jessica Inman chipped in 14 points and six boards.
"We didn't make good choices,'' said Princeton coach Debbie Ball. "We had to battle all game. Our size doesn't help us. We didn't crash the boards throughout the game, which hurt us. GW does make you play a different game.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.