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ROSEWOOD — The Princeton High varsity girls basketball team took advantage of a tired Neuse Charter School team in Friday’s 1-A Carolina Conference tournament final to take a 62-45 win at Rosewood High.
The Lady Cougars (14-9), the No. 3 seed, came in as winners of six straight, including two wins last Monday and Thursday. But the energy needed to run their full-court press as well as contend with the full-court trap of the regular-season champion Lady Bulldogs (17-6) was not available in the second half for Neuse Charter.
“Our press is what bothered us, because we put a lot of energy up front because we knew we had to,” Neuse Charter head coach Robbie Taylor said. “Our press wore us down because three nights of that this week was a little much on the girls, but I’m proud of them.”
The leader of Princeton’s defense, Hailey Woodall, helped hold Neuse Charter’s top scorer, Kayla Ham, to 14 points, which is below her scoring average. Woodall has drawn the top offensive player all year and takes pride in her role.
“I feel like I did the best I could for my team by playing on her,” Woodall said. “I tried my best to keep her from scoring. It’s hard but I do the best I can.”
Meredith Wooten and Takira Cummings once again were the top scorers for the Lady Bulldogs with 23 points and 14 points, respectively. Woodall and Reanna Braswell had eight points each.
Dargan Harris also scored 14 points each for the Lady Cougars, while Sarah Gaskins also added 10 points.
NEUSE CHARTER (45)
Ham 14, Harris 14, Gaskins 10, Noles 6, Oakley 1.
Wooten 23, Cummings 14, Woodall 8, Braswell 8, Nelson 4,Radford 3, Cook 2.
Score by quarters: