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Princeton boys and girls win, Neuse Charter and North Johnston girls lose in first round of the NCHSAA state playoffs

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Princeton boys run past Falls Lake in 1-A playoff opener

PRINCETON — Princeton High got 53 points from senior Colby Sullivan, sophomores Jaheim Taylor and Tyrese Joyner to beat Falls Lake Academy, 72-51, in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A boys basketball playoffs on Tuesday night in the Deacon Jones Gymnasium.

Sullivan had a game-high 23 points while Taylor put in 16 points and Joyner knocked in 14 points. Senior Lamar Wilkins also had nine points in the win.

The Bulldogs, seeded seventh in 1-A East Region, ran their record to 23-2 as they advanced to the second round. Princeton will host No. 10 Edenton Holmes (22-4) on Thursday. The Aces finished second in the 1-A Albemarle Conference behind Washington County, which gave Holmes three of its losses with the other coming to Bertie of the 2-A ranks.

Head coach David Cobb said the Bulldogs came out and did damage early using their full-court press, taking a 38-24 lead at the half.

But Cobb said his team got into cruise control in the second half and allowed the Firebirds (16-15) some good looks. Falls Lake hit eight 3-pointers in the game. Colson Teal was the hot Firebird with 16 points.

Cobb said he will find out more on Holmes on Wednesday and will get ready accordingly, but he said at this time of the year it’s more about getting his team ready to play their best game.

Falls Lake (51)

Teal 16, Fletcher 9, Taylor 8, Snow 5, Beck 3, Russell 3, Watkins 2, Cudak 5.

Princeton (72)

Sullivan 23, Taylor 16, Joyner 14, Wilkins 9, Farrior 6, Woodall 4.

Score by quarters:

Falls Lake 7 15 12 17— 51

Princeton 15 23 15 19— 72

Lady Bulldogs finish strong en route to first-round victory over East Columbus

PRINCETON — Clutch performances from Princeton High’s Meredith Wooten and Hailey Woodall in the fourth quarter helped the Lady Bulldogs to a 51-38 win over East Columbus in Tuesday night’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A girls basketball first-round playoff game at Deacon Jones Gymnasium.

Seeded No. 7 in the East Region, Princeton (18-6) saw a new defense by the No. 24 seed Lady Gators (11-15) in the third quarter, causing the Lady Bulldogs to turn the ball over more, said Princeton head coach Paula Wooten.

But in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs got it together behind Meredith Wooten’s 6-of-6 performance from the free-throw line and Woodall’s eight points in the quarter. Meredith finished with 26 points. Woodall and Braswell both ended with eight points.

Alanna Deal was the top scorer for the Lady Gators with 15 points.

Princeton will stay at home in the second round Thursday against No. 10 Raleigh Charter (19-6). Paula Wooten said that at this time of the year you’ve pretty much prepared, so now it’s just a matter of executing.

East Columbus (38)

Deal 15, Flowers 9, Daniels 8, Harper 2, Lloyd 4.

Princeton (51)

Wooten 26, Braswell 8, Woodall 8, Cummings 5, Cook 2, Nelson 2.

Score by quarters:

East Columbus 6 8 13 11— 38

Princeton 16 12 4 19— 51

Poor shooting night dooms Lady Cougars

WILLIAMSTON — The Neuse Charter Academy varsity girls basketball team’s poor shooting in the first half contributed to a 58-34 loss at Riverside High in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs Tuesday night.

“We played good defense, but our shots weren’t dropping,” Neuse Charter head coach Robbie Taylor said.

The No. 24 seed in the East Region, the Lady Cougars (14-10) were 4 of 24 from the field in the first half. Neuse Charter was only able to score 18 points in the first three quarters of the game, but nearly matched that with 16 fourth quarter.

Kayla Ham and Dargan Harris scored 14 points each to lead Neuse Charter. Ham finished her career 21 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Taylor said he wanted to advance at least one more game in hopes she could get the milestone.

The No. 9-seeded Lady Knights got a game-high 16 points from Demetria Bland.

Taylor, a first year coach, said he really enjoyed the learning experience his team had because most of the players didn’t play much last year or at all.

Neuse charter (34)

Ham 14, Harris 14, Knowles 4, Oakley 2, Gaskins.

Riverside (58)

Bland 16, Goddard 14, Smith 10, Thomas 8, Brown 6, Rodgers 4.

Score by quarters:

Neuse Charter 9 4 5 16— 34

Riverside 20 7 17 13— 58