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Originally published: 2013-01-09 04:09:30
Last modified: 2013-01-09 04:09:30

Wilkes Central pulls away from WHS girls

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

MORAVIAN FALLS — Watauga’s Savanna Wood scored 25 points, but it was not enough to carry Watauga past Wilkes Central.

Watauga was outscored by 10 points in the fourth quarter and fell 52-45 in girls’ prep basketball Tuesday night. The Pioneers were tied 43-43 in the fourth, but Wilkes Central closed out the game by making a basket and 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:29 of the game.

Pioneers coach Klay Anderson was disappointed in how Watauga finished the final two minutes of the game.

“Right there in the last two minutes, Wilkes Central outplayed us,” Anderson said. “They deserved everything they got tonight and they deserved to win.”

Wood made two foul shots with 9.0 seconds left, but the outcome had already been decided. Watauga hurt itself by turning the ball over twice and by missing two shots on straight possessions without getting the offensive rebound.

Wood made four 3-point shots, four two-pointers and went 5-for-6 from the foul line. Kaelin McNeill finished with eight points and Hannah Margolis, who picked up three fouls in the first half, finished with seven points before fouling out.

“She played awesome,” Anderson said of Wood. “I don’t want to take anything away from her, but we can’t win like that. We can’t win with one person scoring 25. I’d love for her to score 25 every night, but we’ve got to have somebody else with 15 to 20 and somebody with eight to 10. We can’t have a disappearing act and that’s what we’re doing right now. We’re disappearing in certain parts of the game.”

Watauga led 21-18 at halftime after finishing the second quarter with a 6-0 run. Wood scored four of those points with a two-point basket, and then two foul shots with 22.1 seconds left in the half.

Watauga extended its run in the third quarter by taking a 33-22 lead after back-to-back 3-point baskets by Wood and a pair of foul shots by Margolis.

Wilkes Central countered with an 8-2 run and trailed 35-32 going into the fourth quarter.

Martha Mastin led the Eagles with 25 points by making 11-of-12 foul shots and seven shots from the field. Overall, Wilkes Central made 18-of-21 free throws.

“She made plays and we didn’t,” Anderson said. “We had a great run there. We made some great baskets and Savanna made some really key buckets. We had the lead there with about two minutes to go and we fell apart.”

Laken Blackburn added nine points for the Eagles and Caitlyn Kilby scored eight.

Watauga plays at Ashe County tonight following the boys’ junior varsity game.


Wilkes Central 52, Watauga 45


Wood 8 5-6 25, Margolis 2 3-5 7, Harris 1 1-2 3, McNeill 3 2-3 8, Makarova 0 0-0 0, Loflin 1 0-0 2, Welsh 0 0-0 0, Derrick 0 0-0 0, Westphal 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 11-16 45.

Wilkes Central

Blair 1 0-0 3, T. Mastin 1 0-0 2, Graham 0 2-2 2, M. Mastin 7 11-12 25, Blackburn 3 3-7 9, Kilby 3 1-2 8, Cowles 0 1-2 1, Williams 1 0-0 2., McLumber 0 0-1 0, Bentley 0 0-0 0. Totals 16  18-21 52.

Watauga          10 11 14 10 — 45

Wilkes Central            8 10 14 20 — 52

3-point goals—Watauga 4 (Wood 4), Wilkes Central 2 (Blair, Kilby). Total fouls—Watauga 18, Wilkes Central 14. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None.