|Pioneers Crush Huskies, 82-50|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Saturday, 14 December 2013 14:00|
The Watauga High boy's basketball team broke the game open with a 30-point second quarter and defeated Ashe County 82-50 Friday night in West Jefferson. N.C.
WHS (6-1), which scored a season-high 82 points, had four players in double figures. Jay Harrill led the way with 23 points and three trifectas. Harrill, who scored 19 points in the second half of Tuesday night's win against Alexander Central, poured in 37 points, including eight threes in that two-half, 16-minute stretch.
But it was Cameron Baker, who single handily broke the game open in the second quarter. He ignited a 21-2 run by scoring six consecutive points on a slam dunk (and he was intentionally fouled on the play), he hit two free throws and a he nailed a layup on the ensusing possession. Baker scored ten points during that backbreaking run.
Baker's six-point spurt turned a 22-15 lead into a commanding 32-15 advantage. The lead eventually grew to 26 points at 43-17. But despite the dominating win, WHS coach Rob Sanders wasn't very pleased with the performance.
"We came in with some goals," Sanders said. "I don't think we met all of them, and I'm disappointed. We wanted 30 rebounds, and we wanted to keep them off the offensive glass. We didn't do a very good job of that in the first half. We wanted to keep our turnovers in single digits. We're an athletic team and didn't want to hurt ourselves with unforced turnovers. We had five in the first half. The only goal we met was the assists. I wanted 20 and we did that (a season-high 21). It's time to start playing with a purpose because we open (Northwestern 3A/4A) conference play Tuesday night (against St. Stephens)."
Baker finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Harrill pulled down ten board. Eli Gailes and T.J. Poulos each had seven assists.
The Pioneers also shot 60% (34-56) from the floor, including 69% (24-35) between the second-and-third quarters. The Pioneers outscored Ashe County 53-28 during that two-quarter span. WHS continued its assault and eventually built its biggest lead at 35 points, 76-41 with 6:09 left in the game.
Matt Lambert, who finished with 12 points, scored eight of those points during WHS' third-quarter blitz. Utah Jones came off the bench and poured in 11. Alex Spencer led the Huskies (1-6) with 16 points, including four threes. He was the only Ashe County player to score in double figures.
"We really played with a purpose in the second half," Sanders said. "Jay is a great shooter and he really believes its going in every time it leaves his hands. He's getting hot at the right time, and I hope he continues to stay hot. And Matt had a big game inside. He finally got away from the perimeter and established himself inside.
"But we survived a punch in the mouth in the first quarter. We knew Ashe County was going to come out and give us their best shot. But we built a lead, and we eventually took control. But with conference coming up Tuesday night, we've got to do a better job protecting the basketball and keeping people off the glass."
WHS led all the way. Harrill's three to start the game put the Pioneers on top. And despite a shortlived challenge by the Huskies, WHS led 19-13 after one before it pulled away by outscoring Ashe County 30-10 in the second period.
"I was really pleased with our effort in the first quarter," said Ashe County coach Scott Grubb. "The intentional foul was big. We let our emotions take over and we got away from our game plan in the second quarter. We attacked the basket and we showed some poise in the first quarter. But we made some turnovers, and Watauga got the momentum. We couldn't settle ourselves down after that. But we're young and all of that comes with maturity."
The Pioneers swept the season series from Ashe County and they've won four in a row in the series. The Pioneers return home to play St. Stephens in the NW3A/4A Conference opener Tuesday night. Coverage begins at 6:05 p.m. on AM 1450, WATA and GoBlueridge.net.
WATAUGA 82, ASHE COUNTY 50
SCORE BY PERIODS 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
WATAUGA 19 30 23 10 - 82
ASHE COUNTY 13 10 18 9 - 50
WHS: HARRILL 23 (10 REBOUNDS), EGGERS 2, GAILES 6 (7 ASSISTS), ANDREWS 2, POULOS 4 (7 ASSISTS), DOBBINS 4, JONES 11, EBAUGH 6, BAKER 12 (7 REBOUNDS), LAMBERT 12. FG: 29, 3FG: 5, FT: 9-12.
ASHE COUNTY: BOWERS 4, SPENCER 16, SHEETS 8, McNEILL 5, WOODIE 2, OWEN 4, SHELTON 4, ASHLEY 7. FG: 10. 3FG: 7, FT: 9-12.
ASHE COUNTY GIRLS 43, WATAUGA 28
The woes continue for the Watuaga High girl's basketball team. The Pioneers (0-7) dropped their seventh conssecutive game (their longest losing streak since the 2006-07) Friday night at Ashe County.
The Huskies (3-4), who have beaten WHS 20 times in their last 22 meetings, wiped out an early 16-9 deficit and defeated WHS 43-28 in West Jefferson, N.C. Paige Spell fueled a 14-1 run with five points during that stretch. That effort gave the Huskies a 23-17 halftime lead.
Spell, who finished with a game-high 18 points, hit the go-ahead bucket for an 18-17 lead. The Huskies never trailed again. Morgan Hudler, who keyed last Friday's win against the Pioneers in Boone, finished with 13 points.
The lead eventually grew to 11 points in the third quarter on a conventional three-point play by Hallie Brown with 1:34 left. The Pioneers never got any closer than eight points the rest of the way.
The Pioneers only scored 11 points in the entire second half, and two points in the fourth quarter. Ryan Loflin led the Pioneers with eight points in the loss.
Savanna Wood of the Pioneers, who has been sidelined since December 5 with a badly sprained ankle, was in uniform Friday night, but did not play.
"It's just part of her rehab," said WHS coach Klay Anderson. "She hasn't been in sneakers in more than a week. She's coming along, but she still isn't ready to play. We'll see how it goes. We could have her back before Christmas, or she may not be ready to go until the holidays are over."
Madi Brown came off the bench for WHS and scored five points.
The Pioneers return home to play St. Stephens in their Northwestern 3A/4A Conference opener Tuesday night.
NOTES: Sydney Farthing made her varsity debut Friday night....The WHS junior varsity girls defeated Ashe County, 26-25. Karson Hamrick led WHS with eight points....The WHS JV boys lost to Ashe County, 44-43. Zach Valet led WHS with 15 points, Caleb Bryson had 14 points and Levi Wilcox had eight.
ASHE COUNTY 43, WATAUGA 28
SCORE BY PERIODS 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
WATAUGA 12 5 9 2 - 28
ASHE COUNTY 8 15 11 9 - 43
WHS: DERRICK 4, CARROLL 3, LOFLIN 8, McNEILL 4, BROWN 5, STAPLETON 2, FOUTZ 2. FG: 11, FT: 6-10.
ASHE COUNTY: HUDLER 13, SPELL 18, LEE 3, LOPP 2, BROWN 7. FG: 12, 3FG: 1, FT: 16-26.
Photo Courtesy: Aaron Dobbins (left), Jay Harrill team Up defensively, Bill Sheffield
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