Lady Pioneers rally past Wilkes Central, 64-39

Lady Pioneers rally past Wilkes Central, 64-39

By David Rogers. December 20, 2018. BOONE, NC — It was a rainy night in the High Country, both inside and outside of Lentz Eggers Gym, where host Watauga rallied from an 8-point early deficit to defeat Wilkes Central going away, 67-39.

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A strong offensive showing in the second half and a defensive effort that allowed the Eagles only 14 points in the second half was much of the story Thursday night in the annual rivalry rematch between these two teams.

After trailing 14-6 late in the first period, host Watauga rallied to tie at 20-20, then took a tenuous, 26-25 edge into the locker room at halftime. But a 23-9 run by Watauga in the decisive third period and an 18-5 clinching performance in the final stanza was too much for the visiting Eagles.

The Pioneers’ senior guard Cailey Haas was held to just one point in the opening quarter, but found her range in the second frame to pour in a game-high 18 points. Fellow guards Brelyn Sturgill (freshman) and Brooke Byrd (junior) were also in double figures for the night, finishing with 10 points apiece.

For the Eagles, freshman forward Sarah Lowe recorded a team-high 8 points, all in the first half.

In Wilkesboro on December 4th, Wilkes Central defeated Watauga, 50-38, so Thursday’s rematch victory was just that much sweeter for the Pioneers, especially after Tuesday night’s demolition in Lentz Eggers Gym at the hands of Burnsville’s Mountain Heritage five.

West Wilkes was missing their 6-4 center, sophomore Malaya Cowles, who posted a game-high 21 points for the Eagles in the December 4th matchup due to an early season knee injury. Blowing Rock News learned that Cowles, who even as a sophomore is being heavily recruited by a host of Division I university programs, has scheduled an MRI to determine the extent of injury to a knee.

With a young roster that only includes one senior, Haas, among its starters, Watauga finishes the pre-conference season at 4-4. The Pioneers open Northwestern Conference play at South Caldwell on January 2nd.

SCORING

Wilkes Central (1st-2nd-3rd-4th)

  • K. Anderson (2 fouls), 2 points (2-0-0-0)
  • Erica Wyatt (0 fouls), 6 points (2-4-0-0)
  • Andrea Mccrimmon (1 foul), 2 points (0-0-0-2)
  • Zoe Susi (2 fouls), 7 points (3-0-4-0), including two 3-pointers
  • Azariah Banks (1 foul), 2 points (0-0-0-2)
  • Sarah Lowe (1 foul), 8 points (5-3-0-0), including two 3-pointers
  • Jacklyn Richardson (3 fouls), 6 points (2-0-3-1)
  • Zakiya Banks (1 foul), 4 points (0-2-2-0)
  • Madison German (3 fouls), 2 points (0-2-0-0)

Watauga

  • Brooke Byrd (3 fouls), 10 points (0-4-6-0)
  • Cailey Haas (2 fouls), 18 points (1-6-7-4), including one 3-pointer
  • Brelyn Sturgill (2 fouls), 10 points (1-3-4-2)
  • Rebekah Farthing (3 fouls), 6 points (2-0-4-0)
  • Molly Ward (2 fouls), 4 points (2-0-2-0)
  • Paige Bolick (2 fouls), 3 points (1-0-0-2)
  • Ava Williamson (2 fouls), 2 points (0-0-0-2)
  • Libby Warren (no fouls), 3 points (0-0-0-3), including one 3-pointer
  • Taylor Lipford (1 foul), 5 points (0-2-0-3), including one 3-pointer
  • Chelsi Hodges (3 fouls), 6 points (0-4-0-2)

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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