By Taylor Welsh. January 29, 2018. BOONE, NC — In basketball it is not always the opponent who is a team’s worst enemy. Sometimes a team just has to look in the mirror to identify the source of its demise.
All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Turnovers quickly plagued Blowing Rock in the Rockets’ semifinal game against Hardin Park Monday night. The Golden Eagles’ high pressure, opportunistic defense and efficient rebounding on both ends of the court proved to be too much for Blowing Rock. By the end, Hardin Park’s athletes found themselves with a 28-12 win.
As the first quarter ended in Hardin Park’s favor, 7-2, confusion struck Blowing Rock as they sought to find its second basket of the night. But due to turnovers and a lack of rebounds for second opportunities, Blowing Rock didn’t make it easy for themselves. But with 4:10 remaining in the second quarter, they found success, narrowing the Eagles’ lead to 9-4.
Megan Patton led Hardin Park with seven points.
Hardin Park will meet Parkway in the Girls’ finals on Thursday evening at Watauga High School.
SLIDESHOW — GIRLS: Hardin Park vs. Blowing Rock
Parkway 33 – 23 Mabel
Brelyn Sturgill proved almost a one-girl show for Mabel, putting up a game-high 22 points on the evening. The Mustangs only dressed six players for this semifinal showdown. Carley Ellis was the only other Mabel players to score, with one point.
This story was edited by David Rogers
SLIDESHOW — GIRLS: Parkway vs. Mabel