Watts has 16 points, 17 rebounds in WHS boys' first win

Junior wing helps Warriors hold off Cox Mill
Dec. 05, 2012 @ 05:25 PM

Junior wing Brandon Watts had 16 points and 17 rebounds in Weddington High’s 50-43 home win over Cox Mill on Tuesday, giving the Warriors their first win of the season after an 0-3 start.
Weddington used a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead out to 20 points (46-26).
“We did it with defense and unselfishness on offense,” said Weddington coach Gary Ellington. “All season long we have been good defensively. Our defense has been there all year.”
It took Cox Mill 4 minutes and 26 seconds before finally getting a basket in the final frame. The Chargers rallied with a 14-2 run, and got as close as five points with 19 seconds left.
Watts, after missing two free throws a few seconds before, calmly made both to cease the Charger run.
“Our coach always told me to just concentrate,” said Watts, who finished 9-for-12 at the line on the night. “I did that and it worked out.”
Watts had game-highs in points, rebounds, assists (5), and steals (tied with three other players with 3).
“Our point guard was finding me on some good shots,” said Watts.”The rebounds, we were in a zone. So I just crashed and got every rebound I could find.”

Getting stops
Defense has been a staple for the Warriors in the early going.
After losing their first three games to Piedmont, Ardrey Kell, and Cuthbertson (all three were still undefeated heading into Wednesday night), they were able to pick up their first win of the season with defense.
“It’s good to get a win because it will help our confidence,” said Ellington. “We weren’t hitting the panic button because we started 0-3.”
After opening the game on an 8-0 run against Cox Mill, and leading 10-8 at the end of the first, the Chargers did not score for almost four minutes in the middle of the second quarter and were only able to scored just 12 points in the half.
“Defense was really good all game until that last four minutes of the game,” said Ellington. “Only reason why we have been in any game is our defense.”
In the first game, Piedmont scored 51 points. Since that game, the Panthers are averaging 69.3 points per game. Against Ardrey Kell, the Warriors held the Knights to 43 points; since then Ardrey Kell has scored 71.5 points per contest while Cuthbertson was held to 11.6 points under their season average of 73.6.
Heading into Tuesday’s matchup, Cox Mill averaged 71.3 points during their three-game winning streak.

Younger Watts lighting it up
Stephanie Watts, Brandon’s younger sister, followed her 50-point performance with a quadruple double in the Warriors’ 74-32 win over Cox Mill.
The sophomore sensation had 20 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and 10 steals. She also had a game high three blocks.
All this in front of the UNC Chapel Hill women’s assistant coach and director of recruiting Tracey Williams-Johnson.
“My teammates were open so I was trying to get the ball around to who was open,” said Watts. “I just knew I was going to come out and play as tough as I can and try to help my team win another game.”
Last season as a freshman, Watts averaged 18.3 points a game. Through four games this year, Watts is averaging 27.5 points.
The 14 rebounds and 12 assists are career-highs while the 10 assists are second best in her young career.

 

Weddington girls 74, Cox Mill 37

Cox Mill (1-3)
Jackie Ballard 1 0-0 2, Briona Claude 0 0-2 2, Audrey McLamb 3 0-1 8, Marissa Montgomery 1 0-0 3,  Taylor Sehrn-Crowley 2 0-0 4, Darlen Vasquez 1 0-0 2, Jessi Hall 1 0-0 2, Kourtney Elmore 3 3-3 9, Kylee Becher 0 0-0 0, Claire Thetford 0 0-0 0, Maddie Lewis 0 0-0 0, Juliana Hall 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 5-6 37.

Weddington (3-1)
Lacy Lockhart 2 6-10 10, Stephanie Watts 8 1-3 20, Bailee Carter10 0-0 20, Molly Mann 3 0-0 6, Anna Gatignol 0 1-2 1, Jada Craig 6 1-1 13, Emily Schill 2 0-0 4, Kelsie Groal 0 0-0 0, Sarah Mckain 0 0-0 0, Olivia Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Lindsey Davis 0 0-1 0, Jill Turpin 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 9-17 74

Cox Mill          5    9   9    9 – 32
Weddington   24  23  9   18 - 74

3-pointers: CM – 3 (McLamb 2, Montgomery); W 3 (Watts 3). Rebounds: CM – 31 (Ballard 6); W – 38 (Watts 14, Lockhart 5). Assists: CM 4 (Ballard, Sehrn-Crowley, Beecher, Elmore); W 21 (Watts 12, Groal 4). Steals: CM – 5 (McLamb 2); W – 34 (Watts 10, Carter 8, Jenkins 5). Blocks: CM – 4 (Hall 2, Beecher 2); W – 4 (Watts 3, Carter).

Weddington boys 50, Cox Mill 43
Cox Mill (3-1)
Justin Peace 4 1-4 9, Matt Morgan 1 3-5 5, Jordan Peace 1 0- 3, Terence Hardy 3 0-0 6, Aqiyl Mustafa 3 1-2 7, Dylan Rickard 2 0-0 5,  Sean Simms 2 4-4 8, Brandon Opara 0 0-0 0, Maleek Johnson 0 0-0 0, Derius Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-17 43

Weddington (1-3)
Jordan Sharpe 1 0-1 2, Brandon Watts 3 9-12 16, Gavin Black 0 3-4 3, Jordan Barber 2 0-2 4, Demonta Oates 4 0-0 8, Mason Ospechuk 4 0-2 10, Chris Trevisan 1 1-2 3, Blake Waud 1 2-2 4, Jack Nicastro 0 0-0 0, Xavier Twitty 0 0-0 0, Mahlon Hearne 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 15-25 50.
Cox Mill         8   4  14   17 – 43
Weddington  10  9  17    14 – 50
3-pointers: CM – 2 (Jo. Peace Rickard); W 3 (Ospechuk 2, Watts). Rebounds: CM – 34 (Mustafa 11); W 36 (Watts 17). Assists: CM 6 (Johnson 3); W 11 (Watts 5). Steals: CM – 14 (Ju. Peace 3, Johnson 3); W 12 (Watts 3, Barber 3). Blocks: CM – 1 (Opara); W 1 (Watts).