By David Rogers. January 9, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC – Led by an 18-point performance from 6th grade phenom Kate Sears, Blowing Rock (9-1) cruised past visiting Parkway, 36-30, Wednesday night at Blowing Rock School.
COVER IMAGE: Kate Sears (3) drives down the lane after a fast break. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock School
The win pushed the Rockets into first place in the Watauga middle school standings past Hardin Park and Parkway, tied for second with 8-2 records.
Caroline Farthing led Parkway with a team-high 11 points, while Brooke Scheffler added nine.
Parkway had a height advantage over the Rockets, but the Martha Trimble-coached Blowing Rock girls forced numerous turnovers, including steals from Sears, Katie Durham, and Laurel Kiker.
For the entire first quarter, the two rivals traded baskets and the lead, with Parkway holding a tenuous, 7-6 advantage by the start of the second period. Sears exploded for 10 of her game-high 18 points in the second period alone and Durham’s four points in the second stanza added to the Rockets’ momentum.
Blowing Rock has four games remaining in the regular Watauga middle school season, including a visit to Cove Creek (6-4) on Thursday (January 10), a home game vs. Valle Crucis (2-8) on January 14th and then road contests to close out the schedule at Bethel (1-8) on January 16th and at Green Valley on January 17th.
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- 9 – Brooke Scheffler
- 4 – Marley Coffey
- 4 – Faith Watson
- 2 – Charlotte Torgerson
- 18 – Kate Sears
- 7 – Katie Durham
- 6 – Sadie Sharpe
- 4 – Brianna Anderson
- 1 – Laurel Kiker