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Happy Belated New Year and other stuff by Dan O’Neal

GRANITE FALLS, NC (January 9, 2019) — Winter sports are now in full swing and I am behind. My apologies for being delayed in reporting the South Caldwell Boys and Girls basketball results and updates. So, on this day, I seek to catch up and get you readers updated.

First, the girls’ basketball as it is said, “Ladies first, lol” In the recent Christmas tournament at Catawba Valley Community College, the Lady Spartans (and yes we are pleased with Coach Jeff Parham’s magnificent recovery) won two of three over St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard. In their last six games, they are 3-2 after beginning the 2018-19 season at 0-5.

After losing to Watauga at home 33-22 on January 2nd, the girls rebounded with a victory at West Caldwell by the count of 42-38 this past Friday. In the last two contests, the Lady Spartans were led in scoring by junior point guard Taylor Austin, who scored 35 while junior small forward Catherine Huggins added 15 in the win at Gamewell.

At the time of this writing, the Spartan boys are still seeking their first win. After going toe-to-toe with Watauga in the first half, the Pioneers’ shooters went on a torrid three point shooting spree, outscoring the Spartans 38-20 in the second half, eventually falling to the Pioneers at home, 88-63. Then there was the game at West Caldwell, who were also seeking their first win of the season. South led in the first frame by the score of 12-10. However, in the next period before halftime, the Warriors found the Spartans’ main defensive weakness…guarding against the trey, which put West 34-21 at the half. The barrage of three balls continued in the second half resulting in the Warriors winning their first game of the season, 81-63 and leaving the Spartans winless at 0-9.

The Spartans were led in scoring by junior center Justin Eggers, who scored 34 against the Pioneers and 24 against the Warriors. Colby Collins added 11 in the Watauga loss and injuries have not helped his cause. Junior Spencer Piercy added 11 in the West Caldwell contest by making excellent moves to the basket.