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Fourth quarter rally gives Bulldogs signature win over Kinston, Wooten reaches 1,000 career points

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In a matchup that was set up due to a lack of conference teams playing this season, Princeton got their signature moment.

Trailing going into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs (3-0) rallied to take down Kinston, 47-42 Friday. In addition, starting point guard Meredith Wooten reached the 1,000 career point mark.

“I thought we played well in spurts,” Bulldogs head coach Paula Wooten said. “We fought hard on the boards against a great team that had a size advantage on us. I’m really proud of our team for being poised, making free throws and playing excellent defense.”

The first three quarters were evenly played and both teams traded the lead throughout the contest. The Vikings (3-2) did everything they could to contain sophomore guard Anna Taylor throwing a box-and-one defense at her throughout the second half. However, Meredith Wooten found a way to be the catalyst for the home team.

With 4:40 left in the third quarter, the senior guard hit a free throw to give her 1,000 points for her career as a Bulldog. She would lead all scorers with 21 points including some crucial baskets down the stretch. Still, Princeton found themselves trailing 34-30 going into the fourth quarter.

That’s when the Bulldogs defense turned it on outscoring the Vikings 17-8 in the final eight minutes. Although junior Winter Lane gave Kinston Princeton the lead for good with under two minutes left. Add a few more free throws from Wooten to ice it and it was jubilation for the home team in the Dawg House.

Princeton takes on North Duplin in their Carolina 1-A conference opener Tuesday.

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