By David Rogers. January 8, 2020. BOONE, NC — After three quarters, it looked like host Watauga was pulling away from the McDowell women, but the visitors pulled within a single point late in the 4th quarter. Undeterred, the Pioners went on a 12-3 run to close out the Titans, 61-52, Wednesday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
COVER IMAGE: Watauga point guard Brelyn Sturgill drives to the basket against McDowell. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Senior guards Brooke Byrd and Rebekah Farthing, along with junior power forward Chelsi Hodges led the way for Watauga. Byrd poured in a team-high 15 points, while Hodges and Farthing added 14 apiece.
The Titans’ Makenna Parkins recorded a game-high 20 points to lead all scorers.
Byrd, Farthing, and Hodges also did the grunt work underneath, with 8, 7, and 6 rebounds, respectively. Five of Hodges’ half-dozen boards were on the offensive end.
Farthing also dished out three assists, while Byrd poached the Titans’ offense for five steals.
“Everyone contributed,” head coach Laura Barry observed afterward in speaking with reporters. “Player coming off the bench made big plays. Carolina Farthing got some (important) rebounds to close out the half…We like to play zone (defense), but we went man-to-man late, just to say it is me against you and to challenge our girls to do their jobs out there.
“(McDowell) is a good team,” Barry continued. “Every time I thought we were about to pull away, they’d come down and get a three…I was pleased down the stretch with our poise on offense to get the shot we wanted.”
Now 8-4 overall and 2-1 in Northwestern Conference play, Watauga returns to action Friday night against St. Stephens at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The Indians are 2-13 overall, 0-3 in NWC.
- MCD – Makenna Parkins (20)
- WHS – Brooke Byrd (15)
- WHS – Rebekah Farthing (14)
- WHS – Chelsi Hodges (14)
- WHS – Brelyn Sturgill (8)
- MCD – Madilyn Smith (8)
- MCD – Naliyah Boyce (8)
- MCD – Alana Torres (6)
- MCD – Daisy Rice (6)
- WHS – Caroline Farthing (5)
- MCD – Tayla Wood (4)