Bulldogs pick up pair of wins

Emily Ricks beats the defender to the baseline in Princeton’s 45-36 win at South Johnston.

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

FOUR OAKS—Three games into the season may not be enough time for Princeton girls basketball coach Paula Wooten to know exactly what type of team she’ll have by the time conference play rolls around, but she knows enough to feel excited.

After dropping their first game of the regular season, the Bulldogs picked up two road wins last week over South Johnston and then C.B. Aycock.

In Princeton’s first win of the season against the Trojans, the Bulldogs’ balanced scoring in the opening quarter provided a 17-6 advantage and Princeton went on to win, 45-36.

“I’m pleased with the effort tonight,” said Wooten. “It was a much better job boxing out and pushing the ball up the court.”

The Bulldogs have three talented freshmen involved in the rotation early on and all three of them–Ellie Jones, Logan Sutton and Meredith Wooten—scored in the opening frame.

The upperclassmen played a huge role in the win, too, however, as senior point guard Megan Bryant ran the offense and Takiria Cummings and Emily Ricks did the brunt of the scoring finishing with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans trimmed what was once a 20-point lead down to six points but Cummings proved to be unstoppable in the final minutes as she scored nine points and had four rebounds in the fourth quarter alone to preserve the win.

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