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UPDATED: WHS GIRLS WIN AGAIN; WHS BOYS FALL SHORT..... (2016-12-17 06:01:02)

A very good night for the Watauga High girl's basketball team; a frustrating one for the WHS boys. For more on these stories, click on the link below....

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WHS Girls Win Third Straight....

ST. STEPHENS, NC - No, it's not an optical illusion and the sign post up ahead doesn't say the "Twlight Zone." No, the Watuaga High girl's basketball team picked up another win on Friday night---it's third in a row to be exact.

It's their longest winning streak since 2011-12, and they did it against St. Stephens, which beat WHS (3-4 overall, 1-0 Northwestern 3A-4A Conference) twice last season. Senior Katherine Stapleton tunned in a masterful effort by pouring in a career-high 17 points as the Pioneers bested St. Stephens 44-40 in the NWC opener for both teams. Madi Darner, who played in foul trouble for the majority of the second half, finished with 11 points. Karson Hamrick, who was the hero against Avery Tuesday night, had another solid game with 10 points.

"Katherine went up against a player with good size (Tori Tomlinson) all night," said WHS coach Laura Barry. "But she wanted the ball, and she played with a great confidence all night. It's a great to see."

The teams battled through nine lead changes and seven ties before Stapleton broke a 37-37 tie with a pair of free throws with 1:52 left to play. The Pioneers gradually pulled away from there, and the Indians (4-3, 0-1) never got any closer than two points.

"It's a nice win," Barry said. "We're 1-0 and we won on the road. It was a tough game, but we continue to keep getting better. And what I like is that it's a different person every night during this winning streak. And that makes us tough to defend. But what I'm proud of is our defense down the stretch. We held a very good team to 40 points."

Tomlinson led the Indians with 16 points, Amiya Randles poured in nine.

"We're giving ourselves a chance to win with our defensive effort," Barry said. "Our offense is just good enough, and we're getting more confident. Madi did a great job in the high post, and we had a lot of success on the road. It's a very good win."

The Pioneers return home to play Fred T. Foard Tuesday night.


ST. STEPHENS BOYS 55, WHS 48

ST. STEPHENS, NC - The Watauga High boy's basketball team came up short Friday night in its Northwestern 3A-4A Conference opener.

The Pioneers (3-4 overall, 0-1 NWC), despite being outsized by St. Stephens, put together a gutsy effort only to fall short in the end, 55-48, in the NWC opener for both teams.

The Pioneers, who fell behind early 8-3, battled back to tie the game at 13-13 before a tip-in by Kollin Klingenberg handed Saint (6-1, 1-0) a 17-15 lead. The Indians led 32-27 at halftime.

The Indians kept WHS at bay, thanks to a keen eye at the foul line. St. Stephens was 17-o-19 at the charity stripe in the second half, 21-of-23 for the game and 5-of-7 down the stretch, when WHS got within 50-48 with 2:05 left to play.

WHS was 7-of-16 at the foul line.

"We took away the high percentage shot and forced them to shoot from the outside," said WHS coach Rob Sanders. "I'm extremely proud of this team. They never quit, and they never gave up. Unfortunately, a few shots didn't fall for us. Our full court zone look slowed them down. Our goal is to keep getting better."

Bryant Greene led the Pioneers with 18 points and eight rebounds. Jonathan McClannon led WHS with nine boards, and three blocked shots. Corey West had seven points and five assists.

Will Shumate led the Indians with 13 points. His three free throws gave the Indians a 48-42 lead in the fourth quarter. The Indians eventually built their biggest advantage at seven points before WHS rallied and narrowed the gap to two.

But a pair of free throws by Noah Brown, and Carter Powell made three-of-four free throws down the stretch putting the contest out of reach.

Klingenberg finished with 12 points, Aaron Teague finished with 10 and Brown had eight.

"I believe every conference game must be treated as a championship game," Sanders said. "But this is a marathon, not a sprint. I hate that we lost, but it's not the end of the world. This is a great group, and they deserve to win games like this. We're going to keep working at it. We'll get there."

The Pioneers return home to play Fred T. Foard Friday night. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM.

NOTES: The WHS junior varsity girls defeated St. Stephens, 25-17....The WHS JV boys lost in double overtime, 55-54. Luke Robbins and Ryan Catoe led WHS with nine points each. Catoe led the Pioneers with 13 boards; Robbins had 11; Anderson Castle and Jackson Greene each had six steals.


WHS GIRLS 44, SAINT 40

WHS 6 12 7 19 - 44
STS 8 6 11 15 - 40

WHS - BYRD 1, FARTHING 5, HAMRICK 10, STAPLETON 17, DARNER 11. FG: 16, FT: 12-17

STS - RANDLES 9, MARTINEZ 4, COOPER 4, PYATTE 2, MORGAN 4, McMAHON 1, TOMLINSON 16. FG: 14, 3FG: 2, FT: 6-17.


STS BOYS 55, WHS 48

WHS 15 12 13 8 - 48
STS 17 15 10 13 - 55

WHS - CRABBE 2, KAPRAL 6, HENDERSON 3, McCLANNON 4 (9 REBOUNDS, 3 BLOCKED SHOTS), C. WEST 7 (5 ASSISTS), Z. WEST 2, CASTLE 4, GREENE 18 (8 REBOUNDS, 3 ASSISTS), RINGLER 2 (6 REBOUNDS). FG: 16, 3FG: 3, FT: 7-16.

STS - POWELL 3, PYATTE 3, BROWN 8, ISENHOUR 2, TEAGUE 10, SHUMATE 13, KLINGENBERG 12, SADDLER 4. FG: 11, 3FG: 4, FT: 21-23.

 



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