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Pioneer Women Improve vs. Avery, But Still Fall, 46-35

Senior Sydney Farthing (5) drives the lane.

By David Rogers. December 9, 2015. NEWLAND, NC — Freshman Heaven Nelson was just divine for Avery County Tuesday night as the Vikings hosted the Watauga varsity women’s basketball team before a jam-packed crowd at the ACHS gymnasium.  With young Nelson pouring in 20, Avery County prevailed, 46-35.

COVER IMAGE: Sophomore Madie Darner brings the ball upcourt.

While the score may not indicate it, the winless Pioneers are getting better. A bit undermanned in overall height and athleticism compared to most high school sides, even 1A schools like Avery, the Watauga ladies are persistent and battle to the end.

One outside observer who asked not to be identified said of the Watauga women’s squad, “In terms of team development they have grown to the point where they have special moments during the game.  They are really getting better for such a young squad. They need to stay the course and find consistency in being at the right place at the right time — and make their shots. If even half go in, they are right in the thick of things.”

Veteran radio broadcaster Mike Kelly, left, talked with Watauga head coach Klay Anderson afterwards.

Sophomore shooting guard Madie Darner led all Watauga scorers with 10, while junior forward Olivia Williamson contributed 8 and junior guard Athena Millsaps also added 8.


  • Watauga
    • 10 — Madie Darner
    • 8 — Athena Millsaps
    • 8 — Olivia Williamson
    • 4 — Karson Hamrick
    • 3 — Alden McClure
    • 2 — Maddison Robinson
  • Avery County
    • 19 — Heaven Nelson
    • 6 — Jessica Hoilman
    • 6 — Caroline Goff
    • 4 — Kara Polsgrove
    • 3 — Kesha Garland
    • 3 — Ashley Singleton
    • 3 — Hannah McIntosh
    • 2 — Emily Ward

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News



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