Missing Anna Taylor, the Princeton girls’ basketball team played hard and managed to turn back Goldsboro 50-46 in Neuse Six 2A Conference play.
Princeton built a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cougars stole the momentum in the second quarter, and Goldsboro held a 19-16 lead at halftime.
The Bulldogs looked to regain control of the game in the third quarter. London Cook knocked down a three-pointer that put Bulldogs up 26-22. However, the Cougars used a 9-4 run to put themselves in font 31-30 at the end of the third quarter.
Princeton opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to retake the lead, but Bulldogs found themselves down 42-41 with three minutes remaining.
Back-to-back baskets from Hailey Tart and Kayleigh Klein gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.
Klein finished with 13 points, Tart scored 11 points, while Cook and Kaydon Roberson contributed 10 points apiece.
Precious Williams paced Goldsboro with 24 points, and Nashiyah Williams ended the game with 11 points.
Princeton (6-3, 1-1) entertains Spring Creek (5-6, 0-0) on Tuesday, while Goldsboro (1-8, 0-1 NSC) hosts North Johnston (10-3, 0-1).