Warriors take second in tournament

The Watauga Warriors sixth-grade girls’ travel basketball team finished its season with a second-pace finish in the Bond Ballers Hoopfest in Winston-Salem. Pictured from L to R – Front Row – Elizabeth Tilley, Kaitlyn Darner, Madelyn Trexler – Back Row – Julie Matheson, Abby Hemp, Juna Gersonde, Laney Shook. Not pictured but played with the Warriors during the season – Malone Cook, Mattie Durham, Kate Sears and Logan Frierson.

WINSTON-SALEM — The Watauga Warriors (Team Peak) sixth-grade girls travel basketball team concluded its season with a runner-up finish at the Bond Ballers Hoopfest in Winston-Salem, June 8.

The Warriors beat the Greensboro Gaters 31-22 in the first game of pool play. The Warriors trailed at halftime 16-15 but went on a late 10-0 run to win the game.

Laney Shook led the Warriors in scoring with 15 points. Kaitlyn Darner added eight points and Abby Hemp and Julie Matheson each added four points.

In the second game of pool play the Warriors beat the Rising Stars 30-14. Despite the significant height advantage the Rising Stars had, the Warriors jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and ultimately cruised to a the victory.

All seven Warriors scored in the game and were led by Madelyn Trexler who had eight points. Shook finished with seven points, Darner and Matheson each scored four points, Elizabeth Tilley added three points and Hemp and Juna Gersonde each scored two points.

The win gave the Warriors had the top seed in Pool B. Watauga advanced to play the WCBA Elite, who was the number one seed in Pool A.

WCBA Elite’s size and inside play ultimately allowed WCBA to win going away 31-14. Shook led the Warriors with eight points, while Matheson, Tilley, and Gersonde each scored two points.

The Warriors finished the season with a 21-17 record. The Warriors won three tournaments including the gold division of the 17th annual Mayberry Madness and were runner-up in three more tournaments.

The Warriors had wins during the season against teams from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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