Watauga WBB storms St. Stephens, 64-36

Watauga WBB storms St. Stephens, 64-36
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By David Rogers. February 5, 2019. BOONE, NC — It was a clear night outside, but Watauga women’s basketball kicked up a storm inside Lentz-Eggers Gym Tuesday night, racing past Hickory-St. Stephens, 64-36.

COVER IMAGE: Rebekah Farthing takes the ball down court after a St. Stephens turnover, in transition. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

St. Stephens entered the game tied for last place in the Northwestern Conference with Watauga in second place, just ahead of McDowell. After the visitors battled gamely to a 12-12 tie at the end of the first period, the host Pioneers ambushed the Indians with a 21-9 run to close out the first half.

In the second period, most of Watauga’s damage was done by senior point guard Cailey Haas (8 points) and junior guard Brooke Byrd (7 points), with a trio of Pioneers adding two points apiece by Brelyn Sturgill, Rebekah Farthing and Chelsi Hodges.

For St. Stephens, freshman forward Elizabeth Sumpter led the Indians with seven points in the first half, while senior guard Alaysha McHenry and junior point guard Ryleigh Rhodes added five and four points, respectively.

Brooke Byrd lays it up and in after a steal.

Although leading 44-25 at one point early in the third quarter, a 19-point advantage, St. Stephens fashioned an 8-0 run to close out the period. Junior guard Makayla Stafford poured in eight of the Indians’ 12 points in the quarter to help close the gap.

The final stanza was a different story altogether. Watauga regrouped and tallied a 20-3 scoring performance in which most of the Pioneer reserves participated.

Now 14-6 overall and 9-2 in Northwestern Conference play, Watauga looks to firm up its hold on second place in league competition when the Pioneers trek to Hickory on Friday to play the Red Tornadoes. Watauga defeated Hickory 55-46 in Lentz Eggers Gym on January 15th, but the Hickory gym is usually a hostile environment for visiting teams.

Cailey Haas (2) is in transition, with an eye on an open teammate.


St. Stephens

  • 11 – Makayla Stafford
  • 10 – Alaysha McHenry
  • 7 – Elizabeth Sumpter
  • 6 – Ryleigh Rhodes
  • 2 – Kaylee McGlamery


  • 15 – Cailey Haas
  • 14 – Brooke Byrd
  • 9 – Rebekah Farthing
  • 4 – Chelsi Hodges
  • 4 – Molly Ward
  • 4 – Brelyn Sturgill
  • 3 – Paige Bolick
  • 3 – Ava Williamson
  • 3 – Libby Warren
  • 3 – Taylor Lipford
  • 2 – Cora Lubsen

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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