Watauga WBB reaches past Ashe County, 59-41

Watauga WBB reaches past Ashe County, 59-41
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Farthing wrestles for rebound.

By David Rogers. January 10, 2019. WEST JEFFERSON, NC – Ashe County senior guard Sam Woods won the hearts of many in the Huskies’ gym Thursday night by scoring her 1,000th career point, but visiting Watauga won the high school women’s basketball “rivalry rematch”, 59-41.

COVER IMAGE: Taylor Lipford (23) lays it up and in. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

The Pioneers’ junior guard duo of Brooke Byrd and Rebekah Farthing led the team with 18 and 12 points, resepectively, but this night also saw key pioneer contributions from Taylor Lipford (9 points), Brelyn Sturgill (7), Cailey Haas (6) and Molly Ward (5) in a balanced Watauga attack.

For the Huskies, Woods totaled 13 on the night, but junior small forward Hallie Treva poured in a game-high 20 points.

Haas drives to the hoop.

A Watauga victory was rarely in doubt in the packed Husky arena.  By the end of the first quarter, the Pioneers led 18-9, then 33-16 at halftime. Ashe won the third quarter (17-9) to marginally narrow the deficit going into the final period, but the Pioneers one-upped the Huskies with a 17-8 fourth quarter performance, even with many of the WHS younger players and reserves seeing valuable court time.

Watauga completes this week’s grueling road trip on Friday night, at Hickory-St. Stephens.



  • 18 – Brooke Byrd
  • 12 – Rebekah Farthing
  • 9 – Taylor Lipford
  • 7 –
    Ashe County’s Sam Wood congratulated for her 1,000th career point (yep, they even stopped the game to recognize her accomplishment!)

    Brelyn Sturgill

  • 6 – Cailey Haas
  • 5 – Molly Ward
  • 2 – Chelsi Hodges

Ashe County

  • 20 – Hallie Treva
  • 13 – Sam Woods
  • 4 – Abby Sullivan
  • 2 – Emma Shepherd
  • 2 – Kenadie Hudler


SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News



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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