WHS JVs open season with victories
Watauga went 24-0 last season and added to that streak by doing what it did in the 2011-12 season: take a fast lead and eliminate any doubt about the result of the game by halftime.
The Pioneers outscored Avery 20-3 in the second quarter to take a 39-11 halftime lead. Watauga, which led 19-8 by the end of the first quarter, scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to take a 31-8 lead.
Watauga outscored the Vikings 14-6 in the third quarter to take a 53-17 advantage.
Freshman Aaron Dobbins led the Pioneers with 16 points. Dobbins, who eventually became the starting quarterback for the varsity football team late in the season, also had five steals and two assists.
The Pioneers also got seven points from point guard T.J. Poulos and seven points from newcomer Utah Jones. Matt Tyndall added six points. Twelve out of the 14 players on the roster scored at least two points.
Watauga plays in the Ashe County Junior Varsity Tournament on Friday. Watauga, which won the tournament last season, faces Hampton (Tenn.) in the first round at 5:15 p.m.
Ashe County takes on Cloudland (Tenn.) on the other side of the four-team bracket.
WHS GIRLS 36, AVERY 23
Watauga’s girls’ junior varsity team also took a quick lead and then held on to beat Avery 36-23 at Lentz-Eggers Gym Monday.
Watauga took a 10-0 lead on a run capped by a Ryan Loflin layup with 3:03 left in the first quarter. Loflin scored a game-high 19 points after making seven shots from the field and 5-of-8 from the foul line.
Brooklyn Carroll added eight points for the Pioneers. Madi Brown scored four points.
Avery got eight points from Christian Burleson and four from Jessica Hollman.
Watauga continued its pressure on Avery by outscoring the Vikings 7-0 in the second quarter to take a 17-0 halftime lead. Carroll scored the first basket in the second half, which gave Watauga a 19-0, the Pioneers’ biggest in the game.
Avery scored the next nine points to pull to 19-11.
Watauga took a 21-13 lead into the fourth quarter, and closed to 25-19 in the fourth.
The Vikings got no closer.
Watauga also takes on Hampton in the first round of the Ashe tournament. The Pioneers play Friday at 4 p.m.