WHS JV boys roll past Hickory
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
HICKORY -- Watauga's boys' junior varsity basketball team pitched a shutout in the third quarter of its 48-30 victory over Hickory Saturday night at David Craft Gym.
The Pioneers led 24-18 at halftime and saw that lead increase after they outscored the Red Tornadoes 16-0 in the third quarter. At least 12 of those points were either layups, or stickbacks off of missed shots.
Watauga added another basket to start the fourth quarter before Hickory scored with 5:56 left in the game to break the run. Hickory outscored Watauga 12-10 in the fourth quarter, but never threatened Watauga's lead.
All 12 of the players on the Pioneers' roster scored at least two points. Jeremy Ringler scored 10 points to lead Watauga, while Levi Wilcox and Caleb Bryson each scored seven.
Cameron Amos led the Red Tornadoes in scoring with eight points. Marco Byrd added six points and Chase Byrd scored five for Hickory.
HICKORY GIRLS JVS 38, WATAUGA 36
HICKORY -- Watauga's girls' junior varsity team led by three points early in the fourth quarter, but could not hold the lead and fell 38-36 to Hickory.
Watauga's Tristin Derrick sunk two free throws to pull Watauga to 37-36, but the Pioneers could not get any closer on their next two possessions. The Pioneers got seven points each from Karson Hamrick, Allison Quinn and Alden McCune. Olivia Reese scored five points, which included a 3-point shot, and Alina Kosmala scored four.
Keyona Cordoza scored 15 points for Hickory. The Red Tornadoes also got nine points from Darian Abernathy and six points from Carrisha Corey.