Watauga WBB frustrates South Caldwell, 33-22

Watauga WBB frustrates South Caldwell, 33-22
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Byrd (1) lays it up and in for Watauga after a steal.

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.

Senior guard Cailey Haas only has eyes for the bucket.

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.”

Chelsi Hodges (40) controls the ball inside for Watauga

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
  • Freshman guard Brelyn Sturgill, right, outreaches South Caldwell players for the rebound.

    Paige Bolick, 2 points, 2-of-2 from free throw line

  • Molly Ward, 1 point, 1-of-2 from free throw line

South Caldwell

  • 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


Watauga men complete varsity sweep of Spartans, 88-63


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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