Rosewood defeats Princeton, denies Bulldogs conference title

Princeton’s Ryan Woodard lays it up and in during the Bulldogs’ 58-41 victory over Lakewood. The senior had 11 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the win. (Michael Held photo)

By MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

PRINCETON—The Princeton boys basketball team had a shot at wrapping up a Carolina 1A Conference regular season title but beating archrival Rosewood for the second time in eight days, and on the road at that, proved too much for the Bulldogs on the last day of the regular season.

Rosewood (14-7, 10-2) built a 13-point halftime lead and iced the game from the foul line down the stretch to pull out the 56-43 victory.

Jonathan Peacock led the Eagles with 15 points and Chance Howard scored 13.

On senior night against Lakewood, the Bulldogs didn’t get off to the start they had hoped for and trailed the Leopards by four points at the break before outscoring their guests by 21 points in the second half to claim the 58-41 victory.

Six different players scored for Princeton in the third quarter and the Bulldogs doubled up the Leopards 14-7 in the period to take a three-point lead into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, Garrett Klein, Colby Sullivan and Ryan Woodard provided Princeton (13-9 overall, 9-3 Carolina 1A Conference) with a three-pronged attack that hurt Lakewood both inside and out and the Bulldogs began to limit the Leopards to only one shot on the other end of the court.

The trio combined for 19 of the team’s 21 points that helped Princeton pull away for the win.

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