Winning streaks on line for Warriors, Pirates

Jan. 21, 2013 @ 05:49 PM

MONROE — A winning streak will come to an end for one team when Weddington High’s girls travel to Porter Ridge tonight.
The Warriors (13-3) have won 10 in a row while the Pirates (12-3) are winners of six straight.
More importantly, first place in the Southern Carolina Conference is on the line. Both teams enter the contest with 3-0 records in the league.
“Both teams are playing really well right now,” said WHS coach Ryun Cook. “We’re definitely playing with a lot of confidence, but we can’t forget that Porter Ridge is the returning champs. They’ve got four starters back and added Justice (McKinney), so they’re a pretty formidable opponent.”
The Warriors haven’t lost since Dec. 7, when they dropped a 51-28 decision to Robinson.
The Warriors are getting a Union County-high 22.3 points per game from sophomore guard Stephanie Watts, who also averages 9.1 rebounds, 5.9 steals, 3.3 assists and 2.5 blocks.
Watts, the SCC’s Player of the Year as a freshman last season, has scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Charlotte and East Carolina.
Weddington also gets 11.9 points per game from junior forward Bailee Carter.
“It’s going to be tough,” said Pirates coach Ina Thompson. “With Watts and Bailee, they’ve got two of the best players in the county. It’s definitely going to be a good game and a battle.”
Porter Ridge has been impressive over the last month, particularly within the conference.
The Pirates have won their three SCC games by an average of 52.7 points, including last Friday’s 80-42 home win over Parkwood.
“They’re impressive,” said Cook of the Pirates. They’re scoring 75, 80 points a game and they’re beating people by 60. They play tremendous pressure defense, so we have to make sure we protect the ball and don’t give them the opportunity to get out and put those points on the board.”
The Pirates have scored 70 or more five times this season and have scored 80 or more in three of their last six games.
Senior guard Jasmine Huntley averages a team-high 14.4 points per game while senior forward Jada Huntley is at 11.1 ppg.
“We want to play uptempo and not allow teams to set up an offense,” said Thompson. “We want to push teams out of their game and make them play a little bit of transition basketball. That really helped us against Parkwood.”
Cook knows the conference championship runs through Porter Ridge, which shared the title with Anson County last season.
“Ina does a great job with that program,” said Cook. “They’ve played in a lot of big games over the last few years, so we’ve got to go in there and play at a very high level.”