Castle-Led Pioneers JV Scalps Indians, 73-48

Castle-Led Pioneers JV Scalps Indians, 73-48
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Blowing Rock’s Jake Sears (5) saw a lot of court time at the guard position, seen here bringing the ball up court against a St. Stephens full court press.

By David Rogers. January 20, 2017. BOONE, NC — For a matchup that went into double overtime on December 16 in Hickory and was decided by a controversial “sudden death” period won by the Indians, 55-54, Friday night’s rematch engagement between Watauga and St. Stephens was a surprise.  Led by Anderson Castle’s 28 points, including 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line, Watauga exacted a measure of revenge and then some in running away with this one, 73-48.

Castle’s hot hand could have been even less hospitable for the visiting Indians since he sat out a good part of the final quarter. His scoring was balanced in the first three periods: 10 in the first, and nine in each of the second and third stanzas.

DeAndre Currence added 13 for the Pioneers.

What made the rematch outcome even more surprising is that the Pioneers did it without two frontline players from the December contest.  Jaiden Bond and Eli Klein were called up to the Watauga varsity after injuries have left the more senior roster depleted.

SCORING

St. Stephens

  • 11 — Kemmer
  • 9 — Kellar
  • 7 — Long
  • 6 — Rose
  • 5 — Cecil
  • 4 — Walker
  • 3 — Vera
  • 2 — Joyner
  • 1 — Goliber

Watauga

  • 28 — Castle
  • 13 — Currence
  • 7 — Suggs
  • 7 — Plylar
  • 5 — Robbins
  • 4 — Greene
  • 3 — Catoe
  • 3 — Sears
  • 2 — Freeman
  • 1 — Hou

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