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UPDATED: WHS Girls Win Fourth Straight; WHS Boys Down Tigers, 58-46... (2016-12-21 05:14:30)

The Watauga High basketball teams pulled off a sweep of Fred T. Foard Tuesday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym. Click here to hear the detalils....

 

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WHS Girls Win 4th Straight....

BOONE - The Watauga High girl's basketball team is on quite a run. The Pioneers, who struggled out of the gate, losing four straight to start the season, have now won four in a row.

The Pioneers claimed their latest victim Tuesday night with a 56-26 win over Fred T. Foard in a Northwestern 3A-4A Conference game at Lentz-Eggers Gym. A 14-0 run in the third quarter sparked the win.

"Our defense won this game tonight," said WHS coach Laura Barry. "We had to take the initative because both teams were struggling offensively. Our pressure gave them problems, and it resulted in a number of transistion baskets for us. It turned a seven point lead into a huge lead for us."

And WHS' talented freshmen backboned the blitz. Brooke Bird, who finished with eight points ignited the run, thanks to her defensive pressure up front. Rebekah Farthing, who came off the bench and poured in 11 points, had seven points in WHS' (4-4 overall, 2-0 NMC) decisive run.

"Brooke did a great job getting ahead of their passes," Barry said. "She forced a lot of turnovers. They couldn't get the ball across half court. That defensive pressure really got us going offensively."

The Pioneers staved off a comeback attempt by the Tigers (2-6, 0-2) just before halftime. Leading 24-11 with 5:57 left in the second quarter, the Tigers methodically put together a 9-0 run and cut the lead to four on a pair of free throws by Kayla Fortenberry with 49 seconds left in the first half.

Karson Hamrick game WHS some breathing room with a three ball moments later, handing WHS its seven-point lead at the break.

"That was a huge bucket by Karson," Barry said. "I didn't realize she made four threes. But she's playing with a lot of confidence right now. She's developed into one of our leaders. And we had three players in double figures tonight. And that's what we want all the time. We want to make things tough on our opponents to defend us."

Hamrick finished with 14 points. Madi Darner had 10. Abby Setzer led the Tigers with 16 points, but 14 of those came in the first half. Foard only scored six points in the second half.

The Pioneers are also 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2009-10. The Tigers have now lost 16 straight NWC games, and 45 of 46 in league play.


WHS BOYS 58, FOARD 46


BOONE - Watauga High boy's basketball coach Rob Sanders has one huge wish on his Christmas list---find another scorer to support junior Bryant Greene.

And Greene, who has developed into a bonafide scorer, finally got the support he needed Tuesday night as Alex McConnell, Jonathan McClannon and Jeremy Ringler combined for 30 points in a 58-46 win against Fred T. Foard in a Northwestern 3A-4A Conference game at Lentz-Eggers Gym. McConnell led the way with a career-high 13 points.

"We've been telling our guys someone needs to step up," Sanders said "Bryant can't do it by himself. And tonight, we had some guys step up, and they came through big. This is what we need. Like I've said all year, we're not big, and we have to establish ourselves inside against teams like this. I was real happy the way we worked the ball inside and forced (Foard's) defense to collaspe. It gave us some nice open looks on the outside."

Greene, who fouled out with 1:53 left to play, took advantage of that open look as he buried a three that snapped a 6-6 tie, putting WHS on top to stay. He finished with a team-high 16 points. McClannon had nine and Ringler finished with eight points. Alex Marinakis had a solid performance off the bench with five points and seven rebounds.

"Alex really did a great job inside," Sanders said. "But I was really happy with the unit we had out there when Bryant and Jeremy both got into foul trouble (in the third quarter). Those guys helped us to maintain our lead."

Leading 41-38 early in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers (4-4 overall, 1-1 NWC) put together a 7-0 run, giving them a 48-38 advantage. The lead ballooned to 11 points at 53-42 and the Tigers (4-4, 0-2), mired in a three-game losing streak, never got any closer than eight points.

Caleb Schmidt led the Tigers with a game-high 24 points. Aqui Thompson and Joel Gosda, who both played in foul trouble the majority of the night, finished with a combined 11 points. Both team also struggled at the foul line.

The Tigers were 14-of-26, the Pioneers were 11-of-21.

WHS travels to Moravian Falls, N.C., for a non-conference game Thursday night against Wilkes Central. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM.


WHS GIRLS 56. FOARD 26

FOARD 9 11 2 4 - 26
wATAUGA 19 8 14 15 - 56

FTF - FORTENBERRY 2, A. SETZER 16, PARRISH 6, PHILLIPS 2. FG: 9, FT 8-12

WHS - BIRD 8, WILLIAMSON 4, FARTHING 11, HAAS 2, HAMRICK 14, GOULD 2, MARLETT 2, McCLURE 1, STAPLETON 2, DARNER 10. FG: 13, 3FG: 4, FT: FT: 18-26.

 

WHS BOYS 58, FOARD 46

FTF - GOSDA 6, LLOYD 4, SCHMIDT 24, THOMPSON 5, WATSON 5, PLACE 2. FG: 13, 3FG: 2, FT: 14-26.

WHS - KAPRAL 4, HENDERSON 1, McCLANNON 9 (5 REBOUNDS), MARINAKIS 5 (7 REBOUNDS), C. WEST 3 (7 ASSISTS, 5 REBOUNDS), SUGGS 1, McCONNELL 13, GREENE 16 (5 REBOUNDS, 5 ASSISTS), RINGLER 8. FG: 22, 3FG: 1, FT: 11-21.


TUESDAY'S GAMES
BASKETBALL

Girls basketball
Freedom 60, Hickory 41
Maiden 51, West Caldwell 34
St. Stephens 52, Hibriten 27
Watauga 56, Fred T. Foard 26
South Caldwell 31, Patton 19
Asheville-Roberson 55, McDowell 35
Johnson County (TN) 63, West Wilkes 48

Boys basketball
Freedom 76, Hickory 69
Hibriten 48, St. Stephens 37
Watauga 58, Fred T. Foard 46
West Caldwell 57, Maiden 54
Patton 60, South Caldwell 58
McDowell 86, Asheville-Roberson 77

 



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