WHS loses two close games
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
CONOVER -- Watauga's girls' basketball team was able to contend with Fred T. Foard's height advantage. Making mistakes at key times provided Watauga's final demise.
The Pioneers kept up with Foard up to the final 20 seconds of the game, but could not overcome the Tigers and lost 46-42 Wednesday at Jerry Corpas Gym.
Watauga, after falling behind 42-33 early in the fourth quarter, managed a late-game rally to pull to 44-40 on a Savanna Wood steal-and-layup with 2:20 left in the game.
But Watauga turned the ball over on its next two possessions. The Pioneers did not score again until Hannah Margolis hit a layup with 20.1 seconds left to pull the Pioneers to 45-42.
Watauga had a final chance to tie the game, but Clare Harris could not connect on a 3-point shot with five seconds left in the game. Foard took possession on the jump-ball rebound, and the Tigers got a foul shot from Chelsea Turner to end the game.
Margolis led all Watauga scorers with 15 points. Wood added 10. Turner scored 16 points for the Tigers.
FOARD BOYS 53, WHS 49
CONOVER -- Watauga rallied from a late eight-point deficit to nearly beat Foard, but a 3-point basket would not fall with seven seconds left for the Pioneers, who lost their second straight road game in as many days.
Watauga trailed 46-38 with 3:44 left in the game, but rallied with help from an old-fashioned three-point play by Cam Baker, a 2-point jump shot from Jay Harrill followed by a 3-point Harrill jumper with 53 seconds left to climb to within 50-49.
Watauga had a final possession following a Foard miss. Watauga point guard Eli Gailes dribbled down the clock to seven seconds before finding Harrill open in the corner of the court.
Harrill's shot bounced twice on the rim, but would not go through. Foard added three foul shots in the final four seconds, one of them following a Watauga turnover, to ice the win.
Harrill came off the bench to score 17 points. Tyler Sturgill added nine points. Jordan Turner scored 13 points for Foard.