Pesky defense wins day for Watauga WBB, 51-39 over Alexander Central

Pesky defense wins day for Watauga WBB, 51-39 over Alexander Central
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Farthing finds the basket.

By David Rogers. January 23, 2018. BOONE, NC — A pesky Watauga defense forced 32 Alexander Central turnovers and converted them into almost half of the Pioneers’ final scoring total on the night at Lentz Eggers Gym.  The hometown women’s basketball players overcame a  sloppy night offensively to beat the Cougars, 52-39 in front of the season’s largest crowd (estimated at almost 700).

COVER IMAGE: Watauga’s Brooke Byrd (1) goes down the lane for a layup. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News.

Blowing Rock native and power forward Parris Bolick puts one back up after collecting an offensive rebound.

Watauga poached Alexander Central possessions for a stunning 21 steals, led by sophomore shooting guard Brooke Byrd (6 steals), sophomore point guard Maddisen Robinson (4) and junior point guard Cailey Haas (4).

While the Pioneers held a 21-8 advantage in steals, they dominated on the boards, 45-7, including 26 rebounds on the offensive end compared to just 19 on defense.

A large number of offensive rebounds also means the Lady Pioneers missed a lot of shots. Fortunately, of those 26 offensive rebounds they were able to convert a chunk of them for 15 second chance points.

Does she, or does she not? (get her shot blocked, that is). Rebekah Farthing looks for two.

Byrd tallied a team-high 13 points, while fellow sophomore guard Rebekah Farthing also got into double figures, with 10 points.

Farthing and senior shooting guard Madie Darner pulled down a game-high nine rebounds each.

For Alexander Central, guard Keykey Miller poured in a game-high 16 points and collected a team-high eight rebounds.

This game was decided almost from the get-go.  Watauga led 12-5 at the end of the first period, 27-14 at the half, NS 38-22 by the end of the third period. With front-line Pioneer players resting most of the final period as head coach Laura Barry emptied her bench, the Cougars were able to outscored the Pioneers , 17-13, in the 4th quarter to narrow the margin to 12 points at the final buzzer.

TEAM SCORING SUMMARY

Alexander Central

  • FG% — 37.5% (15-40)
  • 3FG% — 0.0% (0-6)
  • FT% — 64.3% (9-14)
  • Rebounds — 37 (10 offensive, 27 defensive)
  • Assists — 11
  • Turnovers — 32
  • Blocked Shots — 6
  • Steals — 8

Watauga

  • FG% — 24.6% (17-69)
  • 3FG% — 17.6% (3-17)
  • FT% — 77.8% (14-18)
  • Rebounds — 45 (26 offensive, 19 defensive)
  • Assists — 10
  • Turnovers –14
  • Blocked Shots — 3
  • Steals — 21

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

Alexander Central

  • 16 — Keykey Miller
  • 9 — Nikki Hagy
  • 6 — Teagan Pennell
  • 3 — Jordan Black
  • 3 — Rylie Rhyne
  • 2 — Gracie Chapman

Watauga

  • 13 — Brooke Byrd
  • 10 — Rebekah Farthing
  • 7 —   Cailey Haas
  • 7 — Madisen Robinson
  • 5 — Parris Bolick
  • 5 — Madie Darner
  • 2 — Molly Ward
  • 3 — Paige Bolick

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

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