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Originally published: 2014-01-12 23:00:26
Last modified: 2014-01-12 23:01:12

Watauga girls return to winning ways

by Staff Reports

Watauga's girls' basketball team has struggling scoring this season. Sometimes the Pioneers can score in bunches. Other times, they struggle to find the basket.
The first quarter of Watauga's 49-31 win over Hibriten Friday was not a time when the Pioneers struggled. Watauga took a 20-0 lead and then played good enough defense to never let Northwestern Conference rival Hibriten get close enough to challenge.
Watauga (5-9, 3-1 NWC) stayed in a tie with Freedom for second place in the NWC. Both teams are just one game behind first place Hickory.
Watauga plays at Patton Tuesday in a game that was originally scheduled to be played in Boone. The game, and the ensuing boys' game, was moved because of final exams.
No junior varsity games will be played.
Watauga buried Hibriten (1-10, 0-4) by scoring 20 points before the Panthers could score a foul shot. Watauga increased its lead to 31-8 by halftime. It didn't matter that Hibriten outscored Watauga 11-4 in the third quarter since the Pioneers outscored the Panthers 14-12 in the fourth period.
The Pioneers went inside to center Kaelin McNeill for 17 points. Ryan Loflin added 16 points and Savanna Wood finished with 11 points for the Pioneers.
McNeill and Loflin combined to score 14 of the Pioneers' first 20 points. A Loflin layup with 3:16 left in the game gave the Pioneers their biggest lead, 49-22.
Cheyenne Calloway led the Panthers in scoring with 11 points. Emerald Brown and Katie Bruce each scored seven points for Hibriten.
Watauga turns its attention to Patton, which is 4-8 overall, 1-3 in the Northwestern Conference.
The Panthers, who are new to the NWC this season, are led in scoring by Lindsey Adams, who averages 13.1 points per game.
Ansley Rooks scores 12.3 points per game for the Panthers, who average 47.6 points per game.
Wood leads Watauga in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Loflin is second in scoring with 10.5 average per game.