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Originally published: 2014-01-04 16:30:30
Last modified: 2014-01-04 16:31:16

Watauga's girls' basketball team cruises past Foard

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

NEWTON -- Watauga's girls' basketball team struck quickly in its 45-29 win at Fred T. Foard Friday night.
The Pioneers, 4-8 overall, 2-0 in the Northwestern Conference, took an 11-0 lead and didn't look back at the Tigers (1-8, 0-2).
Watauga scored on its first five possessions in an 11-0 run that was capped by a Savanna Wood 3-point basket with 5:48 left in the first quarter.
"It's a fantastic win," Pioneers coach Klay Anderson said. "We're 2-0 and it doesn't matter how they come, they go on the correct side of the column."
Watauga's three-quarter court trap also forced turnovers on Foard's first three possessions. Foard did not take a shot at the basket until its fourth possession, and did not make a basket until Kayla Whitworth hoop with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
Wood, who scored seven of the Pioneers' first 11 points, finished with 16 overall. The senior guard made three 3-pointers, the only 3-pointers the Pioneers would get the entire game.
Wood was the only Pioneer to score in double figures. Tori Derrick added seven points and Kaelin McNeill scored six points and led the Pioneers with nine rebounds.
Watauga played without Clare Harris, who is out with a hand injury.
Whitworth scored eight points to lead Foard in scoring. None of the other Tigers scored more than four points.
Watauga held a 32-15 lead, but was outscored 12-4 in the third quarter and saw its lead shrink to 36-27 heading into the fourth quarter. Foard's offense handicapped by eight turnovers, scored just two points in the fourth quarter, those coming on a stickback by Sera Whitener with 1:18 left in the game.
By then, Watauga rebuilt its lead to 43-27 after scoring the first seven points of the quarter. Anderson said that when Wood cooled off from the field -- Wood scored 10 of her points in the first quarter -- other players have to pick up the scoring slack.
"When you've got a player who is lighting it up the way she was, the other players tend to stand around," Anderson said. "Nobody is going to shoot like that the whole game. When she didn't make much in the second half, we struggled offensively a bit. "
Watauga faces a difficult task Tuesday when the Pioneers play at Freedom. Foard hosts Hibriten on Tuesday.
"It's going to be a little bit different than four or five or six years ago when we used to go to Freedom all the time in the days of Ali Ford and the days of them having outstanding players," Anderson said. "They are a very good basketball team."

Watauga girls' 45, Fred T. Foard 29
Watauga 45 (4-8, 2-0)
Wood 6 1-3 16, Derrick 2 3-4 7, Carroll 2 1-2 5, Loflin 1 2-2 4, Farthing 1 1-2 3, McNeill 3 0-0 6, Brown 1 2-4 4, Millsaps 0 0-0 0, Stapleton 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Foutz 0 0-1 0. Totals 16 10-18 45.
Fred T. Foard (1-8, 0-2)
Norman 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Warfield 2 0-0 4, Shull 1 0-0 2, Gettys 1 2-2 4, Setzer 1 1-2 3, Whitener 2 0-0 4, Whitworth 3 2-8 8, Billington 1 0-2 2, Griffen 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 5-14 29.
Watauga    15 17 4 9 -- 45
Fred T. Foard    8 7 10 2 -- 29
3-point goals--Watauga 3 (Wood 3), Foard 0. Rebounds--Watauga 36 (McNeill 9), Foard 28 (Whitworth 7) Turnovers--Watauga 20, Foard 20. Total fouls--Watauga 16, Foard 17. Technical fouls--None.