Junior varsity basketball roundup
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JV boys team falls to Watauga in season opener
The Vikings JV boys team tangled with rival Watauga on Monday, Nov. 19, falling by a final score of 29-27. Watauga opened the contest with a 14-2 scoring run, then added a 10-0 scoring spurt to put the game away early.
Avery struggled to score the basketball, as WHS led 19-8 after one quarter and took a 39-11 lead at halftime.
Leading the way for the Big Red was Caleb Stansberry with 11 points, with teammate Christian Hampton pouring in 10 points. Two additional players, Tyler Pitman and Luke Crowe, were the only other Vikings to put points on the scoreboard.
JV girls squad drops contest at Watauga, takes fourth place at Ashe tournament
Avery Lady Vikings junior varsity basketball dropped a hard-fought contest at Watauga in its regular season opener, losing by a 36-23 final score.
AHS found it difficult to score in the first two quarters, managing just two points as it trailed by 15 points at halftime.
Avery regrouped to play a stronger second half, outscoring WHS 11-4 in the third quarter to draw within eight points at 21-13. Watauga regrouped in the second half, outscoring AHS 15-10 in the final seven minutes to clinch the victory.
Christian Burleson paced Lady Vikings scorers with eight points, with five points from teammate Elizabeth Pittman and four points from Jessica Hoilman.
On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, the Lady Vikings ventured to Jefferson to play in the Ashe Junior Varsity Tournament.
In its opening contest on Friday, Nov. 23, the Lady Vikings played host Ashe. Avery's defense held the Lady Huskies to just five field goals in the contest, but the Lady Vikings continued to struggle offensively itself. Ashe scored the majority of its points from the foul line, holding on for a 24-22 win.
Avery held a lead as great as five points during the game and had a chance to win in the final seconds, but a Pittman three-point shot was unsuccessful. The Lady Vikings' coaching staff felt there was a foul committed on the play, but officials made no call as Ashe narrowly escaped with victory.
Pittman led the Avery scoring attack with eight points, with four points from Anna Gragg.
The Lady Vikings returned to action the following day to take on Hampton (Tenn.) in a consolation contest, falling by the final score of 39-26.
After a combined 0-for-15 effort at the free throw line through its first two games, AHS made several free throws and played tough defensively. The offense also clicked into gear, as Pittman drained a pair of three-point baskets en route to 11 points for the game. Christian Burleson chipped in with seven points, with six points from Ashley Singleton and two points with five rebounds from Suzi Shields. Pittman earned the team's lone All-Tournament selection for her efforts in the two-day event.
"We're a young team without much experience right now, and we're having to get back to basics," said Avery JV girls coach Matthew Wiseman. "The girls are working hard and playing pretty good defense. We've worked on our man-to-man defense and the team is responding to that. We're struggling a little with assists right now, and we're also playing everybody right now to try to find good combinations on the floor."
Avery traveled to Ashe earlier this week, and plays its home-opener this Friday, Nov. 30, against West Wilkes.