Blowing Rock girls beat Hardin Park

Blowing Rock’s Kate Sears dribbles the ball in front of Hardin Park’s Julie Matheson and teammate Elizabeth Tilley late in the fourth quarter.

BOONE — The Blowing Rock girls’ basketball team, the top seed of the Watauga County Middle School Girls Basketball Tournament, managed to reach the finals of the tournament with a 32-28 victory over third seeded Hardin Park in the semifinals of the tournament at Watauga High School’s Lentz-Eggers Gym.

Blowing Rock (14-2) faces Cove Creek (15-1) in the finals on Jan. 30 at Lentz-Eggers Gym. Hardin Park’s season ends with a 12-4 record.

Kate Sears led Blowing Rock with 15 points. Sears hit two one of the Rockets’ two 3-point baskets — E.T. Tilly made the other. Katie Durham also scored 10 points for the Rockets.

Georgia Parker scored seven points to lead Hardin Park. Kate Yoblinski, Brielynn Myers and Julie Matheson each scored six points for the Eagles.

Hardin Park closed out the first half with a buzzer-beating basket from Myers that left Hardin Park with an 18-15 halftime lead.

Blowing Rock got two straight baskets from Durham to give the Rockets a 23-22 lead. Sears rebounded a Hardin Park miss and traveled the length of the court to give Blowing Rock a 25-22 lead.

Sears also made four straight foul shots with less than a minute left in the game to ice the victory.

Sears also helped the Rockets use up the fourth quarter clock by dribbling the ball and keeping it away from the Hardin Park defense.

Foul shooting was a problem for Hardin Park, which made just two out of nine free throws.

Tilly finished with five points and Mattie Durham scored two for the Rockets.

Blowing Rock girls 32, Hardin Park 28

Hardin Park 28

Yoblinski 3 0-0 6, Darner 1 0-0 2, Matheson 2 0-0 6, Parker 3 1-3 7, Myers 3 1-6 Weigl 0 0-0 0, Trexler 0 0-0 0, Kop 0 0-0 0, Dyer 0 0-0 0, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Healy 0 0-0 0, Gersonde 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 2-9 28.

Blowing Rock 32

Tilly 2 0-2 5, M. Durham 1 0-0 2, K. Durham 5 0-0 10, Sears 4 6-6 15, Winger 0 0-0 0, K. Durham 0 0-0 0, Barker 0 0-0 0, Whitehead 0 0-0 0, Russom 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-8 32.

Hardin Park 6 12 4 6 — 28

Blowing Rock 8 7 9 6 — 32

3-point goals—Hardin Park 2 (Matheson 2), Blowing Rock 2 (Tilly, Sears). Total fouls—Hardin Park 10, Blowing Rock 11. Fouled out—None Technical fouls—None.

(1) comment

This article is untrue and shows the bias and favoritism shown in this county for the Larger schools on the eastern side of the county verses the western side. Cove Creek is the top seed, not Blowing Rock. After tonight's game I would be ashamed to take a win like Blowing Rock got. The game was handed to Blowing Rock by the refs and the parents of BR were rude and inconsiderate to the Cove Creek girls playing. The newspaper should get their story straight and promote all teams across the County the same. Two technical fouls and 3 girls fouling our from Cove Creeks team was an obvious effort to give the game to BR. I'm ashamed for my kids to be a part of a school system that allows this type of favoritism and cheating. The official ruling was BR won, but Cove Creek won the game, they were cheated. The game was given to BR in cheap shot technicals that haven't been called on anyone else's team all year. What are u teaching our children when you preach acceptance and fair treatment but allow this... I've seen BR players clap and jump down the court when hitting a 3 pointer but if CC does it it's a technical. It's completely ridiculous!

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