Girls' middle school tournament: Blowing Rock, Hardin Park advance
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Blowing Rock's girls' basketball team got off to a slow start with Bethel.
The Rockets, playing in the semifinals of the middle school tournament at Lentz-Eggers Gym Tuesday, started to warm up in the second quarter. Blowing Rock pulled away from Bethel in the second quarter and went on to claim a 30-21 victory in the first of four semifinal games played.
Blowing Rock will face Hardin Park, a 31-17 winner over Green Valley in the other semifinal game, in the tournament finals. That game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting.
Blowing Rock outscored Bethel 17-6 in the second quarter to take a 21-9 halftime lead.
The Rockets turned to Parris Bolick, who led Blowing Rock in scoring with nine points. She scored four of her points in the first quarter when the Rockets took a 4-3 lead.
The Rockets finished with 12 field goals. Makenzie Thompson finished with five points and Hannah Marlett scored four points.
Chelsea Adams countered with 14 points for Bethel. Holly Norris added four points and Emma Ward scored three.
HARDIN PARK GIRLS 31, GREEN VALLEY 17
Hardin Park's girls' basketball team took an early lead and never looked back in the Eagles' 31-17 victory over Green Valley in the semifinals of the middle school tournament Tuesday.
Hardin Park claimed a 13-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and added a Maddie Darner stickback early in the second period to take a 15-0 lead.
Green Valley got on the scoreboard with a basket by Taylor Walker, who hit a jump shot with 3:30 left in the first half. Hardin Park's 19-6 halftime lead was never seriously challenged.
Hardin Park outscored Green Valley 12-11 in the second half.
Darner led the Pioneers in scoring with 13 points Maddisen Robinson added six points and Cailey Hass scored five.
Walker scored eight points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Green Valley's Gracie Proffitt added six points and her teammate, Chloe Walzcak, made the only 3-point basket of the game.
Hardin Park plays Blowing Rock in the finals at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.