PRINCETON — The Princeton Middle School girls’ basketball team got off to a winning start Tuesday night in Princeton, as they welcomed the visiting Tazewell Bulldogs by handing them a loss of 40-22.

The Princeton girls were ready to play and had their game faces on, not intimidated by the Bulldogs’ bark, which turned out to be much bigger than their bite.

Tazewell’s defense was right on but lacked offensive scoring. Princeton’s McKenzie Akers had two three-pointers, which put Tazewell on full defense alert, but there was no shutting down the Tigers. Princeton rallied after the half and increased their lead. The Bulldogs appeared weak but took full advantage of their bonus situation near the end of regulation.

Princeton was led by Akers with 17, followed by Khadija Payne with seven points. Maranda Wimmer, Rachel Surface, Hannah Preservati and Jessica Inman all added four each.

Tazewell was led by Katie Snapp with 10.

Earlier in the evening, the Princeton junior varsity squad won an exciting game in regulation by a score of 24-22.

Tazewell would inbound the ball with five seconds remaining in regulation. The Bulldogs got a shot off at the buzzer to tie the game, but it did not fall.

Princeton won.

The lead scorers for Princeton JV were Tori Billips with eight and McKenzie Barnett with six. Shayla Walls and Taylor Graham each added another four, and Ashley Culicerto sunk an even two.

Tazewell was led by Kaley Holloway with eight points.

Princeton will travel to Peterstown and Graham later in the week.

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