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Originally published: 2013-02-07 14:21:27
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Foard hammers Watauga boys 69-41

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

For three quarters, Watauga’s boys’ basketball team had a reasonable chance of mounting a comeback against Fred T. Foard.

Then the teams played the fourth quarter.

Foard outscored the Pioneers 31-12 in the fourth quarter and claimed a 69-41 victory Wednesday at Lentz-Eggers Gym in a makeup game originally scheduled for Jan. 25.

Foard led 45-35 when it went on an 18-0 run, which put the Tigers in front 63-35. Watauga missed nine shots and turned the ball over two times during Foard’s outburst. Watauga’s Jay Harrill finally put the brakes on Foard’s run with two foul shots with 1:54 left in the game. The Pioneers did not make a shot from the field in the period until a Harrill jumper with 1:24 left.

“We felt like we had a chance when we cut it to nine,” assistant Watauga coach Jerry Moretz said. “Just five them credit. They did a good job moving the ball. They outrebounded us immensely in the fourth quarter. You can’t make a run if you don’t rebound.”

Foard (19-3, 9-1 NWC) stayed in first place of the Northwestern Conference. The Tigers got 17 points from Jordan Turner and 11 from Jordan Isenhour.

Watauga got 10 points from Cam Baker and 10 from Ben Margolis, but the Pioneers struggled offensively. They fell behind 12-11 at the end of the first quarter and trailed the rest of the game, but were still close in the first half.

Foard took a 26-21 lead into halftime despite the Pioneers making just two baskets — both 3-pointers — in the second quarter. The Tigers committed five turnovers in the second quarter, which hampered their effort to build on Watauga’s poor shooting.

Foard coach credited Pioneers coach Rob Sanders for keeping his team close.

“We had a couple of times when we felt like we could have gotten some distance,” Foard coach Rob Bliss said. “You have to give credit to Rob and his kids. Every time we felt like we were going to get away, they mustered it up and hit a big shot or made a great hustle play.”

The Pioneers host South Caldwell in a key NWC 4-A showdown. Watauga, which beat the Spartans earlier in the season, is trying to nail down the top seed from the NWC for the 4-A state playoffs.

Should the Pioneers win, they would hold a 4-0 combined record over South Caldwell and Alexander Central, the other 4-A team in the NWC. But the Pioneers also must finish higher in the NWC standings to keep that berth.

 

Fred T. Foard boys 69, Watauga 41

Foard

Bliss 0 2-2 2, Matthews 3 2-4 8, Cameron 0 4-8 4, Turner 5 2-4 17, Schmidt 1 0-1 3, Folgout 1 3-6 6, Barnes 2 2-4 6, Washington 0 1-2 1, Tomberlin 3 0-0 6, Isenhour 4 3-6 11, Kirk 2 1-1 5. Totals 21 19-37 69.

Watauga

Harrill 2 2-2 6, Sturgill 0 4-4 4, Gailes 2 0-2 6, Augustine 1 0-0 2, Margolis 2 5-5 10, Koppenhaver 0 2-3 2, Baker 4 1-1 10, Mackey 0 1-2 1, Howser 0 0-0 0, Steury 0 0-0 0, Eggers 0 0-0 0, Lambert 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 15-19 41

Fred T. Foard  14 12 11 31 — 69

Watauga          11 10 8 12 — 41

3-point goals—Foard 7 (Turner 5, Schmidt, Folgout), Watauga 4 (Gailes 2, Margolis, Baker). Total fols—Foard 20, Watauga 28. Fouled out—Watauga, Gailes, Augustine, Howser. Technical fouls—Watauga, Baker (hanging on rim), bench.