PRINCETON — For the Princeton girls basketball team, it’s a given that leading scorer and senior standout Savannah Massengill will have a solid performance night in and night out. But, as coach Marty Gurganus has been emphasizing to his players, finding more of a balance, especially on offense, is vital to the Bulldogs’ success as they embark upon Carolina 1A Conference play.
Princeton, after a string of three good practices, showed a more unified front in taking down first-year conference opponent Neuse Charter, 70-11.
Massengill demonstrated her usual high standard of play as she led the Bulldogs with 18 points, but Princeton saw scoring contributions from every player on the team.
“Savannah was our leading scorer but we had two others in double figures including one who came off the bench,” Gurganus said, referring to Kelsey Peedin (14 points) and Jordan Benson (10 points). “That’s huge. Anytime you can half three girls in double figures and you’ve got more than one contributing to the scoring, that’s going to help.”
After losing to rival North Johnston six days earlier, a break in the Bulldogs’ schedule allowed Gurganus to focus on some team building and improving upon what had been a 2-5 start to the season entering Thursday night’s contest against the Cougars.
It was clear to see that the time was indeed well spent as the Princeton offense clicked more than it had all season long.
“I think we had 25 assists as a team, which was huge,” said Gurganus. “We’ve been teaching, preaching, and coaching balance, balance, balance. Our spacing was good tonight, we shared the ball and we communicated better tonight.”
In addition to the double-figure outputs from Benson, Massengill and Peedin, Tori Paul added eight points and Charley Cox and Jackie Farrior each pitched in with six points to lead the dynamic attack.
Jessica Brush and Chelsea Hawley also provided Princeton with some solid minutes and each totaled four points to complete the scoring.
Dominique Dakin and her eight points, three rebounds and three steals led Neuse Charter.
Dakin tallied 24 points in the Cougars’ first ever Carolina 1A Conference game two nights prior at home against North Duplin to notch the win.