Panthers improve to 6-0

Mackenzie Gibson (24) and Jordyn Scott (11) try to bottle up Princeton’s Megan Bryant in the Panthers’ 51-40 win last Thursday. (Michael Held photo)


Sports editor

KENLY—Playing for the second time in less than a week, the North Johnston and Princeton girls basketball teams squared off last Thursday night and, although the result in the end was the same, the game played out much differently than the first installment.

Tayanna Jones scored 20 points to lead the Panthers to the 51-40 victory over the Bulldogs. It was a win that proved much harder to come by than the first game, however, in which North Johnston cruised to a 28-point victory.

Princeton’s Takiria Cummings had a massive night and helped Princeton (2-6) stay close through halftime. The junior forward had 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double.

North Johnston was without standout post player Levossie Taylor and Princeton did a great job feeding the ball into the high post and hitting the glass. The Bulldogs more than held their own on the boards with Cummings and Emily Ricks punishing the Panthers down low.

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