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Originally published: 2013-02-16 12:50:55
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Watauga girls trip St. Stephens

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

HICKORY — Watauga’s girls’ basketball team had to survive the emotional wave that Senior Night gave St. Stephens Friday night. Once that wave subsided, Watauga was able to roll.

The Pioneers used a big second half to beat St. Stephens 38-22 in the regular season finale. Watauga (10-12, 5-7 NWC), which finished fourth in the Northwestern Conference, opens the league tournament at home against Hibriten at 6:30 p.m., Monday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.

Watauga pulled away in the second half 25-9 in the second half. The Pioneers broke a 13-13 halftime tie with an 8-0 run fueled by Hannah Margolis, who scored six of the points in the run.

“We needed this game,” Pioneers coach Klay Anderson said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had a home conference tournament game or a home playoff game and we needed this one tonight.”

Watauga took a 25-18 lead into the fourth quarter when the Pioneers outscored St. Stephens 13-4. Savanna Wood started the quarter with a three-point play, which was followed by a layup of a drive from Ryan Loflin.

Hannah Margolis finished the game with 20, including making all eight of her foul shots. Wood added 10 points and Loflin scored four.

The Pioneers had to endure a first quarter that had an inspired St. Stephens team take an 11-7 lead. St. Stephens went cold in the second quarter after scoring just two points. St. Stephens went 0-for-7 from the field and turned the ball over five times in the quarter.

Watauga, after turning the ball over on its first five possessions of the second quarter, tied the game at 13-13 by getting a stickback from Tori Derrick and two baskets from Margolis.

“I thought defensively we played pretty well, but they were getting a lot of loose balls,” Anderson said. “They were just all over the floor and they got a couple of second shots off of loose balls. I told them at halftime we could put glue on our hands and the ball would slip off our hands in the first half. We came alive in the second half.”

Watauga’s junior varsity beat St. Stephens 24-21. The Pioneers got 10 points from Madi Brown. Sydney Farthing and Brooklin Carroll each added five points for Watauga, which finished the season with a 13-9 record.

 

Watauga girls 38, Hibriten 22

Watauga (10-12, 5-7)

Wood 4 1-1 10, Derrick 1 0-0 2, Margolis 6 8-8 20, Harris 1 0-0 2, Loflin 2 0-2 4, Welsh 0 0-0 0, McNeill 0 0-2 0, Makarova 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 9-15 38.

Hibriten

Killian 0 1-2 1, Autumn Williams 1 4-6 6, Thornburg 0 1-2 1, Hicks 3 0-0 7, Caldwell 1 0-0 3, McMahan 1 0-0 2, Menard 0 0-0 0, Kenley 0 0-0 0, Blalock 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Brittain 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 6-10 22.

Watauga          7 6 12 13 — 38

Hibriten           11 2 6 3 — 22

3-point goals—Watauga 1 (Wood), Hibriten 2 (Hicks, Caldwell). Total fouls—Watauga 8, St. Stephens 14. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None.