Princeton sweeps Spring Creek in the Swamp

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Both Spring Creek teams failed to limit Princeton's transition points and finish on scoring opportunities setting up the Bulldogs for a sweep with the ladies winning 51-29 and the boys winning 76-45.

Still trying to see what his team is made of, Coach Charlie Cotton spoke to the Tribune before the game and said he challenged them to grow from their last game and not retract. Talking to Cotton after the game, he said he was disappointed in the way his girls handled the challenge.

"After the last game, I was encouraged by what they showed but I know it was going to come down to seeing how they respond when something doesn't get right and that's what happened," said Cotton. "They allowed one little thing to knock their focus all the way off and we weren't even able to run our offense, we have to fix that because Princeton won't be the only good team we are playing this season," he added.

It was a huge second quarter that really put the Gators' backs to the wall. Trailing 19-7 after the first quarter, Princeton outscored Spring Creek 17-1 in the second pushing their lead to 36-8 at the half. 

Spring Creek found a little rhythm and put up nine points in the third but they also gave up nine. In the fourth, Spring Creek put up their most points scoring 12 but the deficit was too much to overcome falling to 0-2 on the season. 

Belinda Carson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Rachel Duruttya led the team with 10 rebounds and Makiya Hobbs finished with eight points.

Coming off a win in the first game of the season, the Gators were tasked with battling an athletic Princeton team. Coach Taylor Jones also talked to the Tribune and said "If we do everything on this paper, we will have a chance, if we don't then we will lose. It's that simple."

Kaden Jones started off the game making a three-point basket but Princeton responded with three of their own. Princeton would go on a run and turnovers and the inability to finish or get stops for Spring Creek hurt them as they trailed 24-11 at the end of one.

The Gators had a chance to make a dent in the deficit but every time Spring Creek would score, Princeton would answer with a score of their own and that was essentially the trend for the rest of the game. 

The Gators were not able to get stops and Princeton never allowed Spring Creek to change momentum handing Coach Jones' crew their first loss of the season. 

Tyrese Artis led the Gators with 22 points, Maxx Williams had 13 and Kaden Jones finished with eight points.

Both Spring Creek teams will travel to play South Lenoir today.

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