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.
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.
- 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