Princeton Lady Bulldogs nail down 3rd-seed in conference tournament

Megan Bryant hits the contested shot in the Bulldog’s 36-23 win over rival Rosewood Friday night, completing Princeton’s season sweep over the Eagles. (Michael Held photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

PRINCETON—After a frustrating loss to start the week, the Princeton girls basketball team responded with a big road win against Rosewood Friday night to enter the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed.

The Bulldogs took a modest lead into the fourth quarter before outscoring Rosewood 15-5 in the final period to take the season sweep over their rivals with the 36-23 win.

Takiria Cummings had six of her 11 points in the fourth quarter and Meredith Wooten had five of her seven points in the pivotal frame to lift Princeton to victory.

For the second time this season, the Bulldogs’ defense frustrated the Eagles after holding them to 33 points in the first encounter.

Rosewood was led in scoring by Braylee Butts, who had nine.

Emily Ricks had eight points for Princeton and Megan Bryant and LeOnna Nelson both added four points.

The win moved the Bulldogs to 12-10 overall and 8-4 in the Carolina 1A Conference, tied with Lakewood. However, the Leopards defeated the Bulldogs for the second time this season last Tuesday to win the tiebreaker and become the league’s No. 2 seed heading to the conference tournament.

In that contest, a short-handed Princeton team fell, 33-25.

With Logan Sutton out due to injury and Wooten out for the entire second half due to sickness, the Bulldogs could never make the push they needed to overcome the Leopards.

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