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UPDATED: WHS Advances To Classic Finals.... (2016-12-28 03:46:22)

WEST JEFFERSON, NC - The Watauga High girl's basketball won its sixth straight game Tuesday in the opening round of the 24th Annual Colvard Oil Holiday Classic. And for the third time in four years, the Pioneers will take on Ashe County in the title game Wednesday night....for more on this story, please click here....

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WHS GIRLS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT....

WEST JEFFERSON - The Watauga High girl's basketball team marched its way into the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic finals with a 49-35 win over West Caldwell Tuesday afternoon.

The Pioneers (6-4), riding a six-game winning streak, are in the finals for the second year in a row and for the third time in four years. They will play Ashe County in the finals tonight at 6 p.m. WHS beat Ashe County (8-3) in the finals last season. The Huskies advanced with a 31-30 win over West Wilkes Tuesday night.

WHS didn't waste any time jumping on the Warriors (1-5), building an early 16-2 lead. The Warriors narrowed the gap to seven point at 17-10 early in the second quarter, but a late 9-1 run by WHS gave the Pioneers a commanding 26-11 lead at halftime.

"The second quarter was a very poor quarter for us tonight," said WHS coach Laura Barry. "But a lot of credit goes to West Caldwell. They forced us to hurry some of our shots, and we made some costly turnovers. We finally settled down and built our lead back up."

That lead ballooned to 21 points with 1:48 left in the third quarter and the Warriors never got any closer that 13 points the rest of the way. 

It was the first meeting between the schools since 2011-12. WHS has won four straight against the Warriors.

Karson Hamrick, who got into early foul trouble, led the Pioneers with 12 points. Madi Darner had 10 points, Rebekah Farthing came off the bench and poured in nine points, Brooke Byrd had eight points.

"Winning a tournament in December is a great preparation for whats to come in conference play," Barry said. "It will definitely season us. I was very pleased with how we were ready to play tonight. We didn't show any rust at all. We came out, and we took control right away. It was a good win for our girls."

The Ashe County girls, thanks to senior Chloe Sullivan, rallied to beat West Wilkes 31-30 in Tuesday's second semifinal game. Sullivan hit a game-tying three with 10.5 seconds left, then following a steal, she was fouled and hit the eventual gamep-winning free throw with four seconds left to play.

Elizabeth Huffman led West Wilkes with 12 points in the loss. West Wilkes will play West Caldwell in the girl's consolation game today at 3 p.m.


WHS BOYS FALL, 72-66....

WEST JEFFERSON - The Watauga High boy's basketball team battled its way through 13 lead changes and six ties in a 72-66 loss to West Caldwell in the opening-round of the 24th Annual Colvard Oil Holiday Classic.

The win avenged a 55-53 loss to WHS (5-5) in the tournament finals a year ago. The loss also snapped WHS' mini two-game winning streak.

"I'm disappointed we lost, but we played very well against a very good athletic team," WHS coach Rob Sanders said. "This is the type of team we're going to see when we get into (Northwestern 3A-4A) conference play next week. I thought we did a good job holding our own against them, especially inside."

Hamilton Castle had another strong game off the bench with 17 points and five rebounds. Fellow senior Jeremy Ringler chipped in 17 points of his own.

"Hamilton is instant energy for us off the bench, and Jeremy did a great job matching up against those guys," Sanders said. "He really held his own against some physical players."

A 7-2 run by the Warriors late in the third quarter snapped a 47-47 tie, giving the Warriors a 54-49 advantage. That lead grew to nine points at 58-49 before WHS came charging back.

The Pioneers narrowed the gap at 66-64 with 49 seconds left, but the Warriors iced the game away at the foul line. Titus Tucker put the contest out of reach with a pair of free throws, making it 70-64 with 15.1 seconds left.

The Warriors (6-2), who have won four straight, were 16-of-20 at the foul line. They were 15-of-18 in the second half.

The Pioneers will play West Wilkes in the consolation round today at 4:30 p.m. The Blackhawks (3-8) lost to Ashe County 62-43 in Tuesday's second semifinal game.

Judd Price led the Huskies with 16 points. The Huskies (4-7), who led 33-21 at halftime, broke the game open in the second half. Ashe County will play West Caldwell in the finals tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Coverage of today's doubleheader begins at 4 p.m. on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM.

 

WHS GIRLS 49, WEST CALDWELL 35

WATAUGA 17 9 12 11 - 49
WEST CALDWELL 6 5 12 12 - 35

WHS - BYRD 8, WILLIAMSON 2, FARTHING 9, HAMRICK 12, ROBINSON 2, McCLURE 2, STAPLETON 2, BOLICK 2, DARNER 10. FG: 16, 3FG: 2, FT: 11-23.

WEST CALDWELL - ZION 2, POWELL 10, BEAN 6, GURLEY 1, BATTLE 2, WRIGHT 5, SMITH 6, WHISNANT 3. FG: 11, 3FG: 2, FT: 7-17.


WEST CALDWELL BOYS 72, WHS 66

WHS - KAPRAL 3, McCLANNON 4, MARINAKIS 10, WEST 2 (7 ASSISTS, 6 REBOUNDS), CASTLE 17 (5 REBOUNDS), GREENE 13, RINGLER 17 (3 BLOCKED SHOTS). FG: 21, 3FG: 5, FT: 9-12.

WEST CALDWELL - TUCKER 17, HALL 2, BROOKS 7, ADAMS 6, PATTERSON 17, ISBELL 5, CARVER 4, FELDER 14. FG: 19, 3FG: 6, FT: 16-20.

 



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