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Originally published: 2013-12-11 01:21:27
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Alexander Central girls pull away from Pioneers

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga's girls' basketball team struggled with taking care of the basketball in its 44-32 loss to Alexander Central at Lentz-Eggers Gym Tuesday night.

The Pioneers (0-6) committed 28 turnovers, 17 of them in the first half. Watauga also did not make more than five shots in a single half, making 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) in the first half and 5-18 (27.8 percent) in the second.

Alexander Central (6-0) had its share of problems with the basketball, too. The Cougars turned the ball over 16 times and shot just 29.8 percent (14-of-47) from the field.

But the Cougars had two players score in double figures, led by Marie Ritchie, who had a career-high 13 points. She also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Madi Suddreth added 11 points. No other Alexander Central player scored more than four points.

Watauga got eight points and 12 rebounds from Kaelin McNeill. The Pioneers also got eight points from Ryan Loflin.

"She battled harder," Watauga coach Klay Anderson said of McNeill. "In the second half, I got a little upset with her because I thought she was playing soft. I told her, 'Kaelin, you have to be a little big meaner and snarl and just be a little bit meaner.' You have to be that way at times, but I thought she had a heck of a game."

There was a time in the game when Watauga led the Cougars. The Pioneers took a 14-12 lead with 5:47 left in the second quarter on a McNeill basket off a Rachel Foutz assist.

Alexander Central closed out the final 4:14 of the second quarter with a devastating 15-0 run capped by a 3-point basket from Willow Blankenship -- the only 3-pointer the Cougars would make, and back-to-back baskets off turnovers by Mattie Barr and Suddreth.

The burst left Watauga trailing 27-14 at halftime.

"The first quarter was especially the kind of quarter that we need," Anderson said. "We were leading 8-7 after the first quarter and in the first three or four minutes, I think we threw it to everybody in the gym except for our own teammates. We weathered that storm and then we played well defensively, but offensively we had our issues."

Alexander Central scored just four points in the third quarter, but Watauga scored just seven and trailed 31-21 going into the fourth quarter.

Watauga's next game is at rival Ashe on Friday. The Pioneers lost to Ashe in Boone on Dec. 6.

"I am so excited for tomorrow, because we actually get to practice," Anderson said. "I don't know if ever in 15 years of coaching been as excited about tomorrow and Thursday's practice so we can get into the gym and work on to be better. We've got a big game coming up Friday night."

 

Alexander Central girls 44, Watauga 32

Alexander Central 44 (6-0)

Cook 0-2 2-2 2, Ritchie 3-10 7-8 13, Rhyne 1-5 0-2 2, Wike 1-9 1-2 3, Suddreth 4-6 3-4 11, Barr 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Dula 0-1 0-0 0, King 2-3 0-0 4, Gilleland 0-0 0-0 0, Teague 0-0 1-2 1, White 0-3 0-0 0, Blankenship 1-3 1-2 4, Chapman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 14-47 15-22 44.

Watauga 32 (0-6)

Carroll 1-3 0-0 2, McNeill 4-9 0-2 8, Harris 1-6 1-2 3, Loflin 2-8 4-4 8, Millsaps 1-2 0-0 2, Brown 0-0 2-2 2, Stapleton 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 1-2 1, Foutz 0-1 2-3 2. Totals 10-32 12-17 32.

Alexander Central       7 20 4 13 -- 44

Watauga          8 6 7 11 -- 32

3-point goals--Alexander Central 1-12 (Blankenship 1-2, Suddreth 0-3, Rhyne 0-2, Cook 0-1, Barr 0-1, Harris 0-1, Dula 0-1, King 0-1), Watauga 0-3 (Harris 0-3). Rebounds--Alexander Central 27 (Ritchie 12), Watauga 30 (McNeill 12). Assists--Alexander Central 11 (Wike 4), Watauga 4 (Loflin 2). Turnovers--Alexander Central 16, Watauga 28. Total fouls--Alexander Central 15, Watauga 16. Fouled out--None. Technical fouls--None.