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Originally published: 2012-12-29 15:33:40
Last modified: 2012-12-29 15:33:40

Watauga girls stop losing streak

by Staff Reports

SPARTA — Watauga’s girls’ basketball team broke a four-game losing streak with a 64-53 victory over Alleghany in the Alleghany Christmas Tournament Friday night.

The Mountaineers won for the first time since a 47-33 win over Ashe County on Nov. 30. The Pioneers improved to 4-4.

Watauga turned to its veterans to provide most of the Pioneers’ offense. Senior point guard Hannah Margolis led the Pioneers with 21 points, while guard Savanna Wood added 15 points.
Kaelin McNeill added 11 points for the Pioneers, who are 3-0 against Alleghany all-time.

Although the Pioneers won by 11 points, there were plenty of times when Alleghany had its chances to take the lead. Watauga claimed a 47-36 lead, but Alleghany closed to 47-45 with 2:33 left in the game. The Pioneers closed out the game by making 12-of-16 foul shots, including 7-of-8 shooting by Margolis from the free throw line.

Watauga led Alleghany from the start. The Pioneers took off a 9-1 lead, which grew to a 26-14 advantage with 4:32 left in the first half.

But Watauga let Alleghany (1-7) off the hook. The Trojans went on a 7-0 lead and closed to 26-21 by halftime. Alleghany added a 6-1 run at the start of the third quarter that closed the lead to 28-27 with 6:22 left in the third quarter.

The Trojans took a 32-30 lead before the Pioneers went on an 8-0 run to claim a 38-32 lead the Pioneers would not lose. The Pioneers scored 19 points in each of the third and fourth quarters.
Alleghany got 26 points from Laken Blevins. She scored 15 of her points in the first half.

Watauga hosts Northwestern Conference power Hickory at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

SPARTA — Watauga fell 56-43 to North Surry in the first round of the Alleghany Christmas Tournament Thursday night.

Watauga trailed 18-10 in the first half, but went on a 15-3 run to claim a 25-21 lead. North Surry built a 48-36 lead in the second half that Watauga managed to close to 48-41, but could not get any closer.

North Surry kept the Pioneers from catching up any further by making 6-of-8 foul shots down the stretch.