Utah Jones and the Watauga High boys' basketball team made a huge statement Wednesday night. The Pioneers (19-9), who have won six of their last seven games, marched their way into the Sweet 16 as they knocked off McDowell 76-62 in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A State Playoffs at Lentz-Eggers Gym. It's WHS' second trip to the Sweet 16 in the last four years, and its third trip since 1971.