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Tigers Gun Down Pioneers PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Friday, 31 January 2014 09:33

Fred T. Foard High boy's basketball coach Rob Bliss has known nothing but success against Watauga. Bliss, who practically owned the Pioneers when he was at East Burke, beat the Pioneers for the fifth consecutive time Thursday night.

 

With the win, the Tigers moved into sole possession of third place in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference with a 72-58 win against the Pioneers at Lentz-Eggers Gym. A six-point run snapped 2-2 tie and put the Tigers (10-8 overall; 5-4 NW3A/4A) on top to stay. Ketty Cameron paced Foard with 20 points; Tyler Johnson poured in 15.

 

"The bad weather played a role in this game," said WHS coach Rob Sanders. "And that's not an excuse, it's a reason. When you can't practice, and you face a team that you know is coming after you, and they're sharp and you're not, this is what happens. It's very frustrating."

 

The loss drops WHS (12-7; 3-6) into seventh place, and it doesn't get any easier with Freedom (17-0; 8-0), the No.1 team in Class 3A coming to town Friday night.

 

"We just have to regroup," Sanders said. "It's all we can do. We were just rusty tonight. At least we're going into (Friday's) game with a game under our belts. Hopefully, that will help us. I was pleased with our defense, and (Foard) didn't light us up. But they killed us at the free throw line."

 

The Tigers were 18-22 at the foul line in the second half. And those free throws derailed any comeback hopes the Pioneers might have had.

The Tigers built their biggest lead at 56-41 with 3:56 left to play. But the Pioneers narrowed the gap to eight points at 58-50 with 2:54 to go on a three ball by Jay Harrill. But they never got any closer.

 

The Tigers eventually pulled away and led 67-53 with a minute left. A transition basket by Johnson sealed the deal for Foard.

 

"We couldn't score," Sanders said. "When you don't practice, you struggle with your shot. We just never got comfortable tonight."

 

Harrill led the Pioneers with a game-high 24 points, including four trifectas. T.J. Poulos came off the bench and poured in 11 points---his second double-digit effort in as many games. Cameron Baker, who fouled out with 5:22 left in the fourth quarter, finished with nine points.

 

"Cam never got into a rhythm tonight," Sanders said. "When you pick up two quick fouls like he did (in the first half), and you sit on the bench, it's hard to get into a flow. He just never got to establish himself in this game. Heck, Jay got off to a slow start, too. He finally came around in the second half, but he struggled with his shot early on. It's a tough loss, a frustrating loss. We can't dwell on it. We've got to focus on Freedom coming in here tomorrow night.

 

The Tigers led 32-22 at halftime, and 41-31 after three quarters before they broke the game open with a 31-point explosion in the final stanza. Coverage of tonight's game with Freedom begins at 6:05 p.m. on AM 1450, WATA and GoBlueridge.net.

 

FRED T. FOARD 72, WATAUGA 58

SCORE BY PERIODS 1 2 3 4 TOTAL

FRED T. FOARD HIGH 14 18 9 31 - 72

WATAUGA HIGH 8 14 9 17 - 58

 

 

FTF: JOHNSON 15, BLISS , ROPER 2, CAMERON 20, HECTOR 1, RHINEHART 2, HEPLER 8, MAHNKE 3, T.WIGINGTON 7, WHITENER 7. FG: 23, 3FG: 2, FT: 20-26.

 

 

WHS: HARRILL 24, EGGERS 3, POULOS 11, DOBBINS 2, JONES 7, BAKER 9, LAMBERT 2. FG: 15, 3FG: 7, FT: 7-14.

 

WHS GIRLS 64, FOARD 27

 

 

The Watuaga High girl's basketball team snapped its four-game losing streak by clobbering Fred T. Foard 64-27 Thursday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym.

 

And the Pioneers did it with an aggressive man-to-man defense, and some accurate shooting from the three-point line. Senior Savanna Wood led the PIoneers with a game-high 17 points, including five three pointers. Her consecutive threes in the first quarter got WHS (6-13 overall; 4-5 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) off to ta fast start.

 

The Pioneers built a commanding 11-0 lead and never looked back. The Tigers (2-15; 1-8), who have lost six straight, finally scored when Kayla Whitworth hit a layup with a 1:30 left in the first period.

 

"I was very pleased with our execution tonight," said WHS coach Klay Anderson. "It was a strong effort, especially on offense, when you consider we didn't even practice with the bad weather we had this week. They opened in a zone, and I was extremely pleased with the way we moved the ball around, and the with the open looks we got."

 

The lead grew to 15 points in the second quarter, and it ballooned to 24 points with 1:28 left in the third quarter on a three-ball by Rachel Foutz. The Pioneers hit a season-high eight trifectas in the game.

 

"We were much more aggressive against (Foard) tonight," Anderson said. "Savanna got off to that great start down there (a 45-29 win in Newton on January 3), and then she cooled off, and we started standing around waiting for someone to score. Tonight, we attacked the basket, and I really felt playing man on defense played a big part in that. We put pressure on the ball, and we forced them into a lot of mistakes. I really wanted us to come out with an urgency to play, especially with the long layoff we've had (the Pioneers first game in nearly a week)."

 

The Pioneers also got Clare Harris back. The WHS junior was out since late December with a stress fracture in her left wrist. Harris nailed a three ball early in the second quarter that gave the Pioneers a commanding 16-4 lead.

 

"Having Clare back is a huge plus for us," Anderson said. "I'm hoping a lot of teams will concentrate on stopping Savanna, and that will create some open looks for Clare. And Savanna is such a leader for us, and she's so unselfish. The girls look up to her on the floor."

 

Ryan Loflin finished with ten points and Tori Derrick poured in nine. Whitworth led the Tigers with 13 points. But Foard only scored 11 points in the second half.

 

The win leaves WHS a game over .500 in league play, and in sole possession of fifth place. And the Pioneers, who gave Hickory, ranked second in the state in Class 3A by NCPreps.com, a scare on their home floor two weeks ago (on January 17), get another shot at an upper-tier team in Freedom.

 

The Patriots (12-5; 7-1), who haven't lost in Boone since the 1996-97 season, are currently in second place in the NW3A/4A Conference standings. They beat WHS 71-44 in their first meeting back on January 7 in Morganton.

 

"And going into that game with an effort like we had tonight is big for us," Anderson said. "We played Hickory, one of the best teams in the state, pretty close for three quarters before they pulled away from us. I like our chances, and every game we win now is huge for us. We've got six games left, and we've got to get as many of those as we can."

 

Coverage of tonight's games with Freedom (12-5; 7-1) begins at 6:05 p.m. on AM 1450, WATA and GoBlueridge.net.

 

 

WATAUGA 64, FRED T. FOARD 27

SCORE BY PERIODS 1 2 3 4 TOTAL

FRED T. FOARD HIGH 4 12 8 3 - 27

WATAUGA HIGH 13 16 19 16 - 64

 

 

FTF: GRIFFITH 2, NORMAN 3, WARFIELD 1, SETZER 4, WHITWORTH 13, GRIFFIN 4. FG: 7, 3FG: 0, FT: 13-22.

 

 

WHS: MILLSAPS 2, WOOD 17, DERRICK 9, CARROLL 2, LOFLIN 10, FARTHING 2, McNEILL 5, BROWN 2, JONES 6, FOUTZ 6, HARRIS 3. FG: 15, 3FG: 8, FT: 10-18.

 

 

NORTHWESTERN 3A/4A CONFERENCE

 

 

 

Thursday's games

Northwestern 3A-4A

Girls:

Watauga 64, Fred T. Foard 27

 

South Caldwell at Patton, ppd (Monday, Feb.3)

 

 

Boys:

Fred T.Foard 72, Watauga 58

 

South Caldwell at Patton, ppd (Monday, Feb.3)

 

 

Friday's games

 

Northwestern 3A/4A

(Boys & Girls)

Freedom @ Watauga

 

Hickory @ South Caldwell

 

St. Stephens @ Patton

 

Fred T. Foard @ Hibriten

 

 

 

  
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