By David Rogers. November 18, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — In business, there are inside sales and outside sales, but how about inside jobs and outside jobs in basketball?
COVER IMAGE: Katie Durham (15) goes up for two of her 6 fourth quarter points to help Blowing Rock pull away from Bethel, for good. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Visiting Bethel found out the hard way that this is true in falling to the Blowing Rock girls team Monday night, 31-17.
Kate Sears lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter for 15 points in 5-for-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, leading the Rockets to a dominating, 20-0 lead after the opening period ended. That was the “outside” job. While Sears added yet another 3-pointer in the 4th quarter to complete her game-high scoring line with 18 points, it was Katie Durham who provided the inside muscle in the final stanza. Off of Bethel turnovers, Durham whipped down the court on three consecutive fast breaks for three successful layups to get six of her eight points for the full game.
Neither Sears nor Katie Durham (there’s younger sister, Mattie, on the team, too) played the second and third periods. During that stretch, Blowing Rock didn’t score any points during that stretch, but Bethel scored 12. When the visitors pulled to within eight points at the end of the third period, head coach Martha Trimble re-inserted her frontline players — and that immediately had the desired effect. Blowing Rock outscored Bethel 11-5 in the fourth quarter alone thanks largely to Sears and the elder Durham.
Speaking of outside work, the Rockets’ diminutive, but scrappy point guard, E.T. Tilley, added another three-pointer to help with the big first quarter advantage.
Bethel’s Hannah Millsaps led the visitors’ third quarter rally with six points in the period, while Gracie Lawrence and Emily Perez added a bucket each in the period.
Trimble emptied her bench during the last part of the first, then in the entire second and third quarters to give her younger and reserve players valuable on-court experience.
The Blowing Rock girls will face a stern test when they next take the court on Thursday (Nov. 21st), hosting Cove Creek. Both teams sport undefeated 4-0 records, tied atop the Watauga Middle School standings. Tipoff is at 4:00 pm, in the Blowing Rock gymnasium.
- BR — Kate Sears, 18
- BR — Katie Durham, 8
- BTH — Hannah Millsaps, 7
- BTH — Jayden Arnett, 4
- BR — E.T. Tilley, 3
- BR — Savannah Duvall, 2
- BTH — Kylie Eldreth, 2
- BTH — Gracie Lawrence, 2
- BTH — Emily Perez, 2