By MICHAEL HELD
PRINCETON—The Princeton girls basketball team took control in its rivalry game against Rosewood last Thursday night in the third quarter when the Bulldogs extended what was a two-point halftime lead to a 13-point cushion at the beginning of the final period.
Princeton then had to withstand a furious Rosewood comeback that cut the lead to three points in the final minute before hanging on to grab the 39-33 win.
“We knew we had them where we wanted them,” said senior Emily Ricks. “I’m proud of the composure that we kept. We lost two starters and the people coming off the bench performed and were there for us.”
The Bulldogs’ Logan Sutton was knocked out of the game in the first half with an injury and Meredith Wooten fouled out in the fourth quarter, taking away two of Princeton’s starters for the final stretch.
Fortunately for the Bulldogs, a great start to the second half proved to give them enough of an edge to pull the victory out.
Princeton (1-9 overall, 7-3 conference) scored the first nine points in the third quarter on a Wooten three-pointer, a pair of Reanna Braswell offensive put backs, and a baseline jumper from Ricks.
Ricks had six points in the third period which saw Rosewood’s Braylee Butts have to go to the bench with foul trouble.
Takiria Cummings knocked down a free throw early in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a 34-21 advantage, capping off a 14-1 run.
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