With the score tied 4-4 early in the first quarter, the Princeton girls’ basketball team picked up its defensive intensity, and the Bulldogs took over the game.
Meredith Wooten dumped in a game-high 20 points, Anna Taylor contributed 19, while Leanna Nelson scored 11 points during a 59-28 victory against archrival Rosewood.
It was the Bulldogs’ sixth straight win, and Princeton head coach Paula Wooten said she is proud of how her team is playing this season.
“We’ve beaten some good teams, and I feel like we’ve really done well,” Wooten said. “The girls have held their own and beaten them all, so I’m pleased with the season so far.”
Nelson’s basket sparked a 10-0 run, and Princeton held a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Princeton capitalized on Rosewood’s turnovers and built up a 36-10 lead at halftime.
A pair of baskets from Taylor and Hailey Tart to open the third quarter kept the Bulldogs hot. The Eagles continued to struggle with Princeton’s defense, and the Bulldogs’ lead was 47-15 at the end third quarter.
“We’ve been working on putting pressure on the ball,” Wooten said. “There are some things that we’ve got to work on, but overall, I was pleased with their play.”
The Eagles opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run and pulled to within 24 points but could not get any closer.
Princeton closed out the game with a 13-6 run.
“I saw some very good passes and good looks on the floor,” Wooten said. “The girls are getting better at playing together, and you can tell they know where each other is going to be.”
Skyler Lassiter paced Rosewood with eight points and India Young added six points.
Princeton (6-0 overall) travels to Union (1-2) on Friday, while Rosewood (2-2) will host Union next Tuesday.