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UPDATED: Do You Believe In Deja Vu? (2016-12-23 04:47:32)

Yes , it happened again. For the second time this season, the Watauga High boy's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit and defeated Wilkes Central. Click here to hear more on the story....

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ANOTHER CRAZY FINISH....

MORAVIAN FALLS, NC - I'm sure if Wilkes Central High basketball coach Matt Hagaman doesn't care to see him for a while that Watauga coach Rob Sanders won't take it personally.

For the second time this season, Hagaman watched in amazement as his team blew a double-digit lead and lost to WHS 60-55 at "The Nest" in a non-conference game Thursday night.

The Pioneers (5-4), who rallied from 16 down to beat the Eagles 76-70 in their initial meeting on December 5 at Lentz-Eggers Gym, came charging back from a 23-point deficit the second time around. A three-ball by Skyler Brooks gave the Eagles (6-3) what seemed like a commanding 42-19 lead early in the third quarter before the Pioneers put together a 23-4 run, narrowing the gap to four at 46-42 heading into the fourth quarter.

From that point on, the Pioneers were in complete control.

"It was almost a mirror image of what happened in Boone the last time we played them," said WHS coach Rob Sanders. "They just got hot from the outside, and they were flashing their guys inside, getting high percentage shots against our zone. I told our team at halftime, 'you've got 16 minutes to pull off another miracle,' and they poured their heart and soul into it."

Senior Hamilton Castle, who was a huge weapon for the football team this fall, turned in his best performance of the year, so far. Castle tossed in a career-high 17 points with nine rebounds and five steals.

And his steal and ensuing bucket with 30 seconds left gave WHS a 57-55 lead.

"He plays so hard," Sanders said. "I had a battle going on in my head, do I stay with Hamilton, or do I bring in Jonathan (McClannon). But (Castle) is such a spark plug for us, that my gut just said, 'you gotta leave him in there.' He made it hard for me to take him off the floor. He's a great defender and he pulled us from the grips of defeat."

Bryant Greene erupted for 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. His three ball with just over three minutes left to play cut the lead to three at 55-52. THe Pioneers, much like they did in Boone, closed out the game on a 17-2 run (they finished the game in Boone with a 12-0 run).

And the Pioneers also caught a break with time running out. Point guard Corey West inbounded the ball from behind the end line to Kevin Kapral, who couldn't handle the pass. To save the play, he batted the ball to Greene, who was behind the time line. But instead of an over-and-back violation being called, Greene was fouled with 1.5 seconds left and he buried two free throws that put the game out of reach.

"I don't think the officials saw the ball being deflected," Sanders said. "And without that, the call wasn't made. I was expecting an over and back call to be made, but either way, we had a three point lead, and if we lost the ball there, I was confident in our defense."

McClannon finished with eight points and five boards. Jeremy Ringler had seven points. Brooks, who buried five threes on the night, finished with 17 to lead the Eagles. Zach Shumate, who played in foul trouble the majority of the second half, finished with 15 points. Levi Church had 10.

The Pioneers have beaten Wilkes Central eight straight times, and they avoided their first loss in Moravian Falls since 2012-13 (they dropped a 75-65 decision in overtime that season).

WHS travels to the Colvard Oild Holiday Classic in West Jefferson, N.C., on Tuesday. The Pioneers will play West Caldwell in the opening round. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM.


WHS GIRLS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT....

MORAVIAN FALLS, NC - The Watauga High girl's basketball team chalked up its fifth straight win by knocking off Wilkes Central 54-47 Thursday night in a non-conference game.

And the Pioneers (5-4), who are over .500 at the Christmas break for the first time since the 2008-09 season, fell behind 8-0 to start the game before freshman Rebekah Farthing came off the bench, sparking a 22-2 run, putting the Pioneers on top to stay.

"Aftet that 8-0 start, when we weren't clicking, we really turned it on from there," WHS coach Laura Barry said. "And at the end of the day all that matters is the win. We had to attack the rim against this team. They only had seven players, so we knew they were going to wear down. And Rebekah is so fearless. She will attack the rim, and she's so tough."

The Pioneers eventually built a 13-point lead before the Eagles (2-8) closed the game to 27-18 at the break. But the Pioneers kept pouring it on in the second half and were in complete control.

A bucket by Karson Hamrick gave WHS its biggest lead at 47-27 with just over three minutes left to play. Madelyn Morrison staged a late rally for the Eagles and got them within seven with 18.8 seconds left, but the Pioneers kept them at bay as Hamrick made three-of-four free throws down the stretch.

"Every game is a learning experience," Barry said. "Like the fourth quarter, we had control of the game, but we let up. This isn't who we want to be. We have to put teams away no matter who is on the floor."

Hamrick led the Pioneers with a game-high 19 points. Farthing finished with 12. Morrison led the Eagles with 15 points. Madison German had 12.

The Pioneers also pulled off their first season-series sweep of the Eagles since '08-09, and that was also the last time WHS won in Moravian Falls.

"Being over .500 going into the holidays is special," Barry said. "And there's still more we can do. And winning here is a great credit to our players. Let's keep going, and every game matters. We have to be ready for the holiday tournament next week."

The WHS girls take on West Caldwell in the opening round of the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Coverage of that doubleheader begins at 2:30 p.m. on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM.

NOTES: The Watauga junior varsity girls defeated Wilkes Central 38-19; the WHS JV boys beat Wilkes Central, 65-45. DeAndre Currence led the Pioneers with 16 points and nine rebounds. Jackson Greene had eight assists.


WHS BOYS 60, WILKES CENTRAL 55

WATAUGA 8 11 23 18 - 60
WILKES CENTRAL 15 22 9 9 - 55

WHS - KAPRAL 3, McCLANNON 8 (5 REBOUNDS), WEST 5, SUGGS 1, CASTLE 17 (9 REBOUNDS, 5 STEALS), GREENE 19 (5 REBOUNDS, 6 ASSISTS), RINGLER 7. FG: 19, 3FG: 4, FT: 10-16.

WCHS - PARSONS 4, JOHNSON 2, BODDIE 5, CHURCH 10, BROOKS 17, FERGUSON 2, SCHUMATE 15. FG: 15, 3FG: 6, FT: 7-13.


WHS GIRLS 54, WILKES CENTRAL 47

WATAUGA 12 15 15 12 - 54
WILKES CENTRAL 10 8 6 23 - 47

WHS - BYRD 3, WILLIAMSON 4, FARTHING 12, HAMRICK 19, ROBINSON 2, McCLURE 5, DARNER 6. FG: 16, 3FG: 2, FT: 16-31.

WCHS - MORRISON 15, ANDERSON 4, WYATT 4, GIBBS 2, ELLIS 4, McNEIL 6, GERMAN 12. FG: 14, 3FG: 1, FT: 16-24.

 

 

 



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