Watauga Storm girls eight-graders win tournament
by Staff Reports
ALLEGHANY -- The Watauga Storm eighth-grade girls travel basketball team won their first tournament of the season May 17 at the Alleghany Mother's Day Bash.
The Storm went 3-0 on Saturday and won their games by an average of 15 points.
The Storm started the tournament with a 26-5 victory over the host Alleghany Pride. The Storm got off to a fast start led by Gracie Proffit who had several offensive rebounds and scored an early seven points to get the Storm out to a 17-4 halftime lead and never looked back.
The Storm got nine points from Proffit, despite apparently breaking her finger early in the game. Makenzie Thompson finished with seven points, Madie Darner had six points, while Makenzie Robinson and Maddisen Robinson each scored two points.
The Storm's beat the Lake Norman Raptors 33-21 in their next game after losing to the Raptors by five points the last time the teams played each other.
The Storm was able to beat the Raptors this time largely because of its backcourt of Darner, Robinson, and Thompson, who combined to score 30 of the team's 33 points. Darner led the Storm in scoring with 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Thompson finished with nine points and eight steals, and Robinson chipped in with eight points, four steals, and two assists. Proffit added three points.
In the championship game, the Storm made it two straight victories over the Raptors by taking a 33-19 victory.
The championship game started differently as the Raptors grabbed an early 10-4 lead because of some heavy foul trouble for the Storm.
The Storm began to assert its dominance on the boards led by Sophie Reese, Profitt and Darner, and began to push the tempo. The Storm went on a 10-0 run over the last four minutes of the first half to take a 14-10 halftime lead.
The Storm's defensive intensity on the perimeter of its zone led by Thompson, Maddisen Robinson and Makenzie Robinson would help Watauga push its lead to double digits for much of the second half.
After a three pointer by the Raptors cut the lead Storm's to nine point late in the game, Watauga's Vanessa Saufley answered by hitting two quick 3-pointers to push the Storm's lead back up to 15 points.
Thompson led the Storm in scoring with 10 points and nine steals. Darner, despite early foul trouble, finished with nine points and 15 rebounds, while Saufley chipped in eight points.
Reese added four points and Maddisen Robinson knocked down two free throws to finish with two points.
The Storm also received strong support from Taylor Walker, while not able to play due to a broken foot, never the less cheered on her teammates at the tournament.
The Storm is currently 7-10 on the season and will finish up their travel season with one more tournament in two weeks.