The Sporting News

By Mark Mitchell (mark.mitchell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Feb. 4, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
The Sporting News

Appalachian State's Ryann Abraham splits a pair of King College defenders for two during the Mountaineers' disappointing 87-76 loss to the Division II squad on Monday night.

Photo by Mark Mitchell



Watauga High School
The Watauga girls' team used a 10-0 fourth-quarter scoring run to defeat Hibriten 46-37 on Thursday night. The Pioneers were paced by Nicole Tesh's 14 points, while Christina Rees hit a pair of 3-pointers en route to 10 points. Watauga trailed 31-28 heading into the fourth quarter before going on the decisive run. Shelby Gilliam added eight points, while Katherine Mayhew chipped in with six in the victory.

The Watauga boys did not meet with the same success against Hibriten, falling behind 48-18 at halftime, before eventually losing 78-65. The Pioneers were led by Caleb Courtney, who scored a team-high 20 points. Will Koppenhaver and Josh Coffey also reached double figures, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Watauga's games with Fred T. Foard, originally scheduled for Tuesday, were postponed due to weather and will be played on Thursday evening. The Pioneers will then visit Alexander Central on Friday.



Appalachian State University
The ASU women captured its fifth-straight victory on Monday night, downing Furman 58-53 in Greenville, S.C. The victory moved the Mountaineers (12-9, 8-4) into a tie with Davidson for fourth place in the Southern Conference. Junior guard Sam Ramirez led the way for ASU with a team-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds.

ASU also garnered a conference win on Saturday, defeating Wofford 62-54 in Spartanburg, S.C. The contest, originally scheduled to be played in Boone, was moved to Wofford because of a winter storm. Mountaineer forwards Anna Freeman and Catherine Williams led the charge with double-doubles. Freeman scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Williams tallied 10 points and 11 boards. ASU hopes to make it six straight on Saturday when they visit Elon at 2 p.m.

The wild ride known as Appalachian State men's basketball continued this past week as ASU (12-10, 6-4) grabbed one impressive win, then subsequently, suffered a a pair of disappointing losses. The Mountaineers began their week in Birmingham, Ala. with a 68-55 victory over Samford. The victory was paced by junior guard Donald Sims, who scored a team-high 13 points. Kellen Brand and Ryann Abraham chipped in with 11 each.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., ASU fell behind 51-41 at intermission, before falling to the Mocs 85-80 on Saturday night. Sims again led the Appalachian cause, scoring a game-high 24 points. Jeremi Booth matched a career high with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

ASU returned home for a anticipated easy victory against Division II King College on Monday night, only to suffer an embarrassing 87-76 loss to the Tornado. Senior forward Josh Hunter turned in a career game in the loss, scoring a career and game-high 22 points in just 17 minutes for the Mountaineers.

Appalachian State now faces the challenge of regrouping before heading to Western Carolina on Saturday for a key SoCon showdown with the Catamounts.

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