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Originally published: 2013-02-13 18:52:41
Last modified: 2013-02-13 18:52:41

WHS girls blast Hibriten

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Keisha Corpening is the unquestioned leader of Hibriten’s girls’ basketball team. If Corpening doesn’t play, the Panthers are likely to struggle.

Watauga gave Hibriten a look into the future without Corpening, and it was bleak. Corpening was out with an injury Tuesday night, and Watauga took advantage by claiming a 58-23 victory at Lentz-Eggers Gym.

Hibriten beat Watauga 41-39 earlier this season when Corpening scored the final basket of the game. Watauga rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to tie the game, but Corpening went the length of the court to score the winning basket.

That was not the case Tuesday. Watauga (9-12, 4-7 NWC) led 16-6 by the end of the first quarter — after turning the ball over on two of its first three possessions — and 29-6 in the second quarter.

The Pioneers eventually took a 36-point lead, 52-16, in the fourth quarter.

“When you lose your best player, you’re not going to be as good,” Pioneers coach Klay Anderson said. “Two of their five starters we saw a month ago were out with injury and it’s just unfortunate for them. But they’re still a varsity basketball team and the task for us was to play just like they had her.”

It was a good way for the Pioneers to celebrate Senior Night. Watauga got 17 points from senior point guard Hannah Margolis and 15 from junior Savanna Wood.

Tasha Wilson, a senior who returned to the starting lineup Tuesday after suffering an injury in December, got off to a fast start by scoring the Pioneers’ first two baskets, and scoring all of her six points in the first quarter.

Danielle Welch and Kaelin McNeill each scored six points for the Pioneers.

“Without Tasha’s injury, she’s vying for a starting spot all year,” Anderson said. “It’s not like she’s chopped liver coming off the bench. It was nice to see her have some quality minutes coming off her injury.

Hibriten (8-14, 4-7) settled for eight points from Courtney Morton and seven points from Alex McRary. Hibriten made just eight shots from the field, three of them were 3-pointers.

“Hibriten played as hard as they can play,” Anderson said. “I thought our girls stepped up and played really well and got it done.”


Watauga girls 58, Hibriten 23

Hibriten (8-14, 4-7)

Brown 1 1-4 4, McRary 3 0-0 7, Soldati 1 2-3 4, Morton 3 1-4 8, Church 0 0-0 0, Greene 0 0-0 0, B. Morton 0 0-0 0, Sanders 0 0-0 0, Powell 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 4-11 23.

Watauga (9-12, 4-7)

Wood 6 0-0 15, Derrick 1 0-0 2, Margolis 7 2-4 17, Harris 2 0-0 4, McNeill 3 0-0 6, Makarova 1 0-0 2, Wilson 3 0-0 6, Welsh 3 0-4 6, Loflin 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 2-8 58.

Hibriten 6 3 5 9 — 23

Watauga          16 13 15 14 — 58

3-point goals—Hibriten 3 (Brown, McRary, Morton), Watauga 4 (Wood 3, Margolis). Total fouls—Hibriten 6, Watauga 9. Technical fouls—None.