By David Rogers. January 2, 2019. HUDSON, NC — A plodding pace didn’t prevent the visiting Watauga women from putting another notch in their holster Wednesday night. With stifling defense and better than 71% shooting from the charity stripe (10-of-14), the Pioneers upended a young South Caldwell basketball roster, 33-22.
COVER IMAGE: Junior guard Rebekah Farthing looks for the open teammate. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Watauga head coach Laura Barry admitted later that her charges allowed the Spartans to dictate the game’s rhythm, taking them out of the fast-paced transition game she prefers her team to play. It didn’t faze the Pioneers, however, who led from start to finish.
Junior guard Brooke Byrd tallied a team-high 14 points for Watauga, including 5-of-6 from the foul line. Fellow guards Rebekah Farthing (8 points) and Cailey Haas (6) were also key contributors.
South Caldwell’s junior point guard Taylor Austin did most of the damage for the Spartans, pouring in a game-high 17 points — more than 77% of the Spartans’ team total.
Barry noted to Blowing Rock News afterward that her own young roster is still growing around her “big three,” senior Haas and juniors Byrd and Farthing. With two athletic post players in sophomore Chelsi Hodges and junior Molly Ward providing size underneath that Pioneer teams have been missing in recent years, Barry acknowledged that as a group they are still growing into the court resources they have. “It’s different this year,” she said. “We are starting to gel, but this team is so young that I feel like we still have a lot of growing to do.”
South Caldwell did not help their cause by fouling the Pioneers 18 times.
The win gives the Watauga women a 5-4 overall record, 1-0 in Northwestern Conference play. They host Alexander Central (1-10, 0-1) on Friday night at the Lentz-Eggers Gym, with tipoff slated for 6:30 pm.
- Brooke Byrd, 14 points, 1 3-pointer, 5-of-6 from free throw line
- Rebekah Farthing, 8 points, 2-of-4 from free throw line
- Cailey Haas, 6 points
- Brelyn Sturgill, 2 points
Paige Bolick, 2 points, 2-of-2 from free throw line
- Molly Ward, 1 point, 1-of-2 from free throw line
- Taylor Austin, 17 points, 1 3-pointer, 2-of-2 from free throw line
- Catherine Huggins, 2 points, 2-of-2 from free throw line
- Jenna Pittman, 2 points
- Kaitlyn Wynn, 1 points, 1-of-4 from free throw line