Watauga boys' basketball team falls to Hibriten
by Staff Reports
LENOIR -- Watauga's boys' basketball team suffered a big letdown after winning one of its biggest games of the new century
Watauga lost to Hibriten 67-62 in Northwestern Conference play Tuesday night at Hibriten's gym one game after beating Freedom on Jan. 31. Freedom was ranked No. 1 in 3-A basketball in the state at the time by ncpreps.com., but could not beat Watauga at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
Watauga's letdown at Hibriten was big. Hibriten beat the Pioneers for the first time in four years, which ended an eight-game winning streak for Watauga over the Panthers.
A slow start hampered the Pioneers (13-8, 4-7 NWC) all game. Watauga fell behind 23-8 by the end of the first quarter and trailed 34-12 midway though the first half. Watauga managed to go on a 17-1 run and closed to 35-29, although Hibriten pushed its lead back to 40-31 by halftime.
Hibriten (8-9, 4-7) increased its lead to 50-37 in the third quarter and was never seriously challenged.
Kel Berry led Hibriten with a game-high 26 points. Drake Felder added 21 points for the Panthers.
Cam Baker led the Pioneers with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Jay Harrill, who scored 32 points against Freedom, settled for 13 points on Tuesday.
Eli Gailes added seven points and eight assists. Matt Lambert added six points and 11 rebounds, and Aaron Dobbins had six points and eight rebounds.
Watauga hosts Patton on Friday night.
Hibriten also won the junior varsity game 44-34 Tuesday at Hibriten's gym. Jeremy Ringler led the Pioneers with eight points, while Caleb Bryson scored seven. Watauga slipped to 14-6, 5-2.
WATAUGA GIRLS 66, HIBRITEN 37
LENOIR -- Watauga's girls' basketball team got off to a fast start in its 66-37 victory over host Hibriten Tuesday in Northwestern Conference play at Hibriten's gym.
The Pioneers (7-14, 5-6 NWC) took a 19-2 at the end of the first quarter and increased it to 44-11 by halftime. Watauga took a 38-point lead when Rachel Foutz hit a 3-point shot to put the Pioneers in front 64-26 with 5:27 left in the game.
Savanna Wood led the Pioneers in scoring with 12 points. Ryan Loflin added 11 points and five assists, while Brooklin Carroll added eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Clare Harris also scored eight points, while Kaeliin McNeill scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Hibriten has lost eight of its last nine games. Emily Church scored nine points and Lydia Sanders scored seven for Hibriten.
Hibriten's junior varsity girls' basketball tam beat Watauga 31-30, also at Hibriten's gym Tuesday. Katie Hamrick and Karson Hamrick each scored six points for the Pioneers.