Lady Bulldogs lose in opening round of playoffs

Emily Ricks scored 14 points to lead the Princeton girls basketball team as the Bulldogs fell at Weldon in the opening round of the state playoffs. (Jim Exum photo)

By MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

WELDON—The Princeton girls basketball team traveled to take on Weldon in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs and, as is the case come playoff time, that journey led to the Bulldogs having to take on a capable team.

The Chargers, led by 6-foot-3 center Skylah Travis, used size advantage and a deep bench to wear down Princeton en route to the 53-37 victory.

Travis had 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace Weldon.

It wasn’t just Travis that the Bulldogs had to contend with as many of the Charger players had a height advantage on their defender which led to many extra possessions for the No. 2 seed out of the difficult Tar Roanoke Conference.

“Weldon had good size overall,” said Princeton coach Paula Wooten. “They had (Harris) and most of the other girls were 5-feet,7-inches to 5-feet,8-inches.  They beat us to death on the boards as you could imagine.”

Despite that fact, the Bulldogs kept the game within striking distance through the first half and trailed by just single digits entering the third quarter.

The third quarter, however, was quite possibly when the Chargers’ long bench started to pay dividends as Weldon outscored Princeton 19-8.

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