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Originally published: 2013-02-23 13:19:54
Last modified: 2013-02-23 15:39:54

Watauga teams both host East Gaston in first round

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host East Gaston Monday in the first round of the state 4-A basketball playoffs.
The girls’ game will begin at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the boys’ game. Admission to the games is $6. Only NCHSAA passes will be honored.
Watauga boys' team (14-11) is seeded fifth in the West Region. East Gaston (11-13), seeded 12th, is a familiar opponent to Watauga’s boys’ team. Watauga traveled to East Gaston last season, but after a slow start, lost to the Warriors 58-50.
Watauga fell behind 41-21 by halftime and could never completely catch up. The Pioneers closed to 47-41, but got no closer.
Should Watauga beat East Gaston, the Pioneers would play the winner of the Charlotte Mallard Creek-Sun Valley game. Mallard Creek (18-8) is the 13th seed, while Sun Valley (17-8) is seeded fourth.
The date and time will be announced.
Watauga’s girls’ team faced East Gaston in the first round of the playoffs in 2011, but lost to East Gaston 61-53 at Lentz-Eggers Gym. Hannah Margolis and Savanna Wood are the only players on the Watauga roster who played in that game.
Margolis, who was a starter that season, finished with 10 points. Wood was brought up from the junior varsity late that season. She did not score.
Watauga went into the fourth quarter of that game leading 46-40 after a bucket from Margolis, but the Pioneers could not hold the lead.
Watauga (12-14) is the No. 8 seed in the West Region, while East Gaston (8-17) is the ninth seed. The winner of the game faces the winner of No. 1 seed North Mecklenburg (23-3) and No. 16 seed Lake Norman (13-11).
The date and time will be announced.
The other Northwestern Conference teams also found out who they will play. In the boys’ tournament, eighth-seeded South Caldwell (8-14) hosts ninth-seeded Charlotte Garinger (8-16) in the 4-A West Region.
NWC champion Fred T. Foard (22-4) is the No. 3 seed in the West 3-A Region. The Tigers host Patton (7-18), while No. 6 seed Hickory (21-6) hosts fellow NWC rival St. Stephens (19-7).
Foard beat Hickory 58-46 in the NWC Tournament final.
In the girls’ tournament, No. 3 seed Alexander Central (23-4) hosts No. 14 Hopewell (11-12). Hickory (24-2) is the No. 1 seed in the 3-A girls’ tournament. The Red Tornadoes host Gastonia Ashbrook (17-7).
Hickory beat Alexander Central 71-62 in the NWC Tournament finals Friday.
Fred T. Foard (18-8), seeded eighth, hosts R.S. Central (16-10). No 14 seeded Hibriten (8-16) plays at No. 3 Crest (18-4).