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UPDATED: Pioneers Win Colvard Title Again, Ashe Boys Down Warriors.... (2016-12-29 04:17:26)

The Watauga High girls won their seventh straight game, and senior Judd Price led the Ashe County boys past West Caldwell in the Colvard Oil Classic finals Wednesday night. To hear more about these games, please click on the link below....

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WHS GIRLS WIN COLVARD OIL TITLE AGAIN....

WEST JEFFERSON, NC - They say good things come to those who wait, but Watauga High junior Madison Robinson isn't a very patient person.

Robinson displayed that attitude with Wednesday's championship game hanging in the balance. With her team trailing 42-40 in overtime, Robinson stole an inbounds pass that set up Rebekah Farthing's game-tying field goal as the Pioneers beat Ashe County 43-42 to win the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic for the second year in a row.

The Pioneers (7-4), who have won seven straight games, put the contest away when Madi Darner nailed the game-winning free throw with 3.2 seconds left. And it was Robinson, who made it happen.

With Ashe County (8-4) applying full-court pressure, Robinson took Farthing's inbounds pass near center court before she found a wide open Darner down the floor. Darner was fouled by Samantha Woods, sending her to the foul line.

"Madison is a scrappy player," WHS coach Laura Berry said. "She made a huge play for us when we needed it. This is a huge win for our girls. I am so proud how they responded in the second half. We didn't play very well in the first half. We looked more like we did in November. But our girls came out with a determined attitude in the second half."

That determination was displayed by WHS' stingy defense that held the Huskies to just 12 points in the second half, including four field goals. And Woods, who burned WHS by making four threes in the first half, was held to just three points in the last two quarters.

Ironically, she could have won the game for Ashe County, but she only made one-of-two free throws with 1.5 seconds left, tying the game at 40-40 and forcing overtime.

"We didn't play very well in the first half," Barry said. "We told them that we had to win the last two quarters by 11 points. It took us an extra four minutes, but we pulled it out. But (Ashe County) zone really gave us fits in the first half. They forced us to shoot from the outside, and we weren't getting a lot of rebounds."

The Pioneers struggled mightly in the first half. They trailed 15-5 after the opening quarter, and fell behind 28-13 on a three ball by Woods in the second quarter. But a 27-7 run gave WHS a 40-35 lead with 2:34 left to play in the game.

Darner, who with Robinson was named an all-tournament selection, led the Pioneers with 13 points. Karson Hamrick, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, finished with 12 points. Woods led the Huskies with 15 points.

"We played with a lot of guts in the second half," Barry said. "This is the way our girls want to play. This is how they want to be recognized. It's a big win, especially with Freedom coming up on the schedule next Tuesday night. We've done a lot of growing up in the last few weeks, and we're playing with a lot of confidence."

The Pioneers return home to play Freedom Tuesday night, January 3, at Lentz-Eggers Gym. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM.

NOTES: West Caldwell defeated West Wilkes in the third-place game. Annie Bean led the Warriors (2-5) with 21 points. Bean and Elizabeth Huffman of West Wilkes were named to the all-tournament team. Woods and Sydney Kate Grubb of Ashe County were named all-tournament.


ASHE COUNTY BOYS 79, WEST CALDWELL 76

WEST JEFFERSON - Games are won on the floor, not on paper. And that statement was put to the test Wednesday night in the boy's championship game at the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic.

The Ashe County High boy's basketball team, which is off to a disappointing start, capped off the Colvard Oil Classic by knocking off heavily favored West Caldwell 79-76 in the title game.

"You could probably count on two hands how many people really believed we could win this game," said Ashe County coach Nathan Colvard. "But I have nine guys, who knew they could do it. Even when we were down by eight points at halftime, our guys were focused and they were talking about what to do to win this game. They believed in themselves, and I believe in them."

The Huskies trailed 44-36 at halftime, but they rallied to take a 58-57 lead on a pair of free throws by Judd Price with 1:45 left in the third quarter.

The Warriors (6-3) responded with a 10-2 run of their own to lead 67-60 early in the final stanza before Noah Blevins rallied the Huskies with a pair of buckets to tie the game at 68-68 with 3:06 left to play.

A pair of free throws by Titus Tucker made it 70-68 West Caldwell, but a three ball by Malachi Poe with 1:54 remaining put Ashe County on top to stay.

"Malachi is the best outside shooter in our (Mountain Valley) conference, but he has really struggled this season," Colvard said. "I just tell him to keep shooting. He's a shooter, and tonight he finally found his touch. That three was huge. It was the biggest bucket of the season, so far."

The Warriors got within a point on three different occasions, the last time at 77-76 with 12.9 second left. But a pair of free throws by Caleb Key handed the Huskies their winning margin with 5.9 seconds to go.

"This is the biggest win in my coaching career, so far," Colvard said. "But give all the credit to the players. They won this game. They deserved to win this game. I'm just their biggest fan. Hopefully, this win gets us going in January."

Price, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, poured in a game-high 29 points. Blevins finished with 20 points. Fred Patterson led the Warriors with 21 points.


WHS BOYS 63, WEST WILKES 59

WEST JEFFERSON - Bryant Greene led four players in double figures as the Watauga High boy's basketball team knocked off West Wilkes 63-59 Wednesday afternoon in the third-place game of the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic.

Greene finished with a game-high 17 points. Senior Kevin Kapral poured in five trifectas and finished with 15 points.

The Pioneers (6-5) battled their way through seven lead changes and four ties in the first half. But the Pioneers, thanks to a 14-0 run, turned a 28-22 deficit in the second quarter into a 36-28 lead early in the second half, and they never trailed again.

The Pioneers, thanks to some solid free-throw shooting in the second half, staved off any comeback thoughts the Blackhawks (3-9) might have had. WHS was 12-of-15 from the charity stripe in the second half, and senior Corey West led the way, going 6-of-7 at the foul line.

"And a lot of those free throws were made by guys that have struggled at the line this season," said WHS coach Rob Sanders. "West really challenged us tonight, and they gave us fits with their flex offense, but we found a way to get it done. It's a nice win going into the new year."

Hamilton Castle, who was WHS' only all-tournament selection, had another strong game off the bench and finished with 11 points and six rebounds. West had 11 points and five assists; Greene also had six rebounds and six assists. Jeremy Ringler finished with six points and three blocked shots.

Jesse Brown and Cory Skabo led the Blackhawks with 15 points each.

 

WHS GIRLS 43, ASHE COUNTY 42

WATAUGA 5 13 10 12 3 - 43
ASHE COUNTY 15 13 7 5 2 - 42

WHS - BYRD 2, WILLIAMSON 2, FARTHING 2, HAMRICK 12, ROBINSON 6, McCLURE 2, STAPLETON 4, DARNER 13. FG: 10, 3FG: 6, FT: 5-8.

ASHE - C. SULLIVAN 5, A. SULLIVAN 5, WOODS 15, TREVA 11, J. MILLER 6. FG: 11, 3FG: 4, FT: 8-11.


WHS BOYS 63, WEST WILKES 59

WATAUGA 14 15 15 19 - 63
WEST WILKES 16 12 13 18 - 59

WHS - KAPRAL 15, HENDERSON 2, WEST 12 (5 ASSISTS), SUGGS 1, CASTLE 11 (6 REBOUNDS), GREENE 17 (6 REBOUNDS, 6 ASSISTS), RINGLER 6. (3 BLOCKED SHOTS) FG: 10, 3FG: 7, FT: 22-29.

WEST - SMITH 7, WALSH 3, ORTIZ 1, FORD 8, SHEPARD 10, BROWN 15, SKABO 15. FG: 16, 3FG: 6, FT: 9-14.


WEDNESDAY'S SCORES
BASKETBALL

GIRLS

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS CLASSIC

Newton-Conover 64, Fred T. Foard 41
Alexander Central 47, Bunker Hill 19
South Caldwell 39, Maiden 25
Hickory 69, St. Stephens 21

FREEDOM CHRISTMAS INVITATIONAL

Wilkes Central 57, Asheville Christian 35
East Burke 63, McDowell 59
Freedom 73, R-S Central 57

WILDCAT CHRISTMAS INVITATIONAL

Draughn 49, Highland 35
Avery County 47, Patton 37

COLVARD OIL CLASSIC

West Caldwell 46, West Wilkes 37
Watauga 43, Ashe County 42 (OT)


BOYS

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS CLASSIC

St. Stephens 41, Bunker Hill 21
Fred T. Foard 40, Newton-Conover 36
Hickory 45, Alexander Central 36
Maiden 73, South Caldwell 44

FREEDOM CHRISTMAS INVITATIONAL

Avery County 58, R-S Central 56
Hibriten 62, McDowell 57
Freedom 69, East Burke 50

WILDCAT CHRISTMAS INVITATIONAL

Western Guilford 57, Patton 53
Draughn 68, Highland Tech 41

COLVARD OIL CLASSIC

Watauga 63, West Wilkes 59
Ashe County 79, West Caldwell 76

 

 

 



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