The Sporting News
Watauga High School
The Watauga girls' team downed East Gaston 63-58 in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs on Monday night. The Pioneers (10-11) were led by Nicole Tesh, who led Watauga in scoring with 13 points and rebounding with 5 boards. Monday night's victory also marked the varsity debut of Brooke Rhodes, who scored 11 off of the bench. Rhodes led the jayvee squad in scoring this year with 15 points per game. Mariah Corbin also reached double figures with 11 points, which included a pair of 3-pointers.
Watauga played McDowell on Wednesday night in second-round action, but results were not available at press time.
The Watauga boys' squad also met with first-round success as the Pioneers rallied to defeat Greensboro Page 64-62 at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The Pirates surged to a 15-point, first-quarter lead, but Watauga (15-8) advanced to the second round of the state playoffs behind the efforts of Josh Coffey, Will Koppenhaver and Josh Pifer. Coffey paced the Pioneers with 16 points, while Koppenhaver chipped in with 11. Pifer, however, came off the bench to score 10, including a bucket with 2:20 left that gave Watauga its first lead of the night at 58-56. Watauga hosted Garinger on Wednesday night, but results were not available at press time.
Appalachian State University
The Appalachian State women posted a pair of victories this past week as the Mountaineers recorded their second and third-straight wins. On Saturday, ASU downed UNC Greensboro 67-49 behind the stellar efforts of forward Anna Freeman. The freshman scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the win. Sam Ramirez also turned in a strong game with 16 points.
Two days later, the Mountaineers topped the College of Charleston 70-54 behind 25 points from Ramirez. With the win, ASU (17-10, 13-5) inched to within one-half game of Samford (20-8, 14-5) for second place in the Southern Conference. Appalachian State hosts Wofford on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Holmes Center.
The Appalachian State men also went a perfect two-for-two this past week, notching a BracketBusters' victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday, and then edging Elon 58-54 in Elon on Monday to clinch the top seed in the Southern Conference's North Division.
The victory over Tennessee Tech was paced by junior Donald Sims, who scored 25 points in leading ASU in scoring for the 21st time in 28 games. Kellen Brand scored 16 points in the win, while Isaac Butts and Jeremi Booth both added 15.
With a chance to earn top billing in the North Division with a victory on Monday night, the Mountaineers seized the opportunity at Elon, downing the Phoenix 58-54. The win was ASU's fifth in its last six games and was once again paced by Sims. The junior scored 25 points for the second time in as many games in helping ASU (18-11, 11-5) garner the road win. Josh Hunter and Butts each chipped in with 10 points for ASU. The Mountaineers host Chattanooga on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the second game of an ASU basketball doubleheader at the Holmes Center.
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