In the junior varsity girls contest, it came down to the last minute of play and the Lady Titans were able to secure a 45-43 win against the Watauga Lady Pioneers. A total of eight McDowell (9-2 overall, 4-2 NWC) players scored in the contest, extending the Lady Titans' current winning streak to three games.
Madi Smith scored a game-high 12 points and Payton Koone added 11 points. Koone made what turned out to be the game-winning shot with 40 seconds left in regulation, a deep 3-pointer from the right corner.
Clementine Miller added seven points. Katie Baker had six points and Makiya Burgess scored five points. Sydney Strode (2 points) made one basket in the contest and Cassie Banks along with Aubrey Good finished with one point each.
McDowell 67, Watauga 62 (OT, jayvee boys)
In junior varsity boys action, the McDowell Titans got a much-needed win at Lentz-Eggers Gymnasium, snapping a three-game losing steak with a 67-62 overtime victory.
McDowell (14-3, 7-3) dug itself a deep hole in the first half, facing a deficit as large as 19 points before putting together a furious rally down the stretch. The Titans started the second half with eight consecutive points and from there gradually trimmed into the Pioneers advantage.
The score eventually evened up at 56-56 with a few seconds left in regulation, forcing the extra frame. In the overtime, McDowell outscored Watauga 11-6 to complete the comeback.
Six players scored in the contest with four of them in double figures. Mason McPeters had 18 points, Michael Queen added 17 points. Gavin Davis and Riley Moore added 10 points each. Colby Effler and Josh Smith rounded out the scoring with six points each.
St. Stephens 39, McDowell 31 (Wednesday, jayvee boys)
The Titans got off to a slow start and could not recover in a 39-31 loss at St. Stephens High School.
McDowell (13-3 overall, 6-3 NWC) struggled offensively in the first half, mustering just seven points and taking a 15-point deficit to the half.
The slump continued after the break as well, with McDowell trailing by as many as 22 points before putting together a rally attempt.
Unfortunately, time was not on McDowell’s side as they never got any closer than four points before time expired.
Mason McPeters scored seven points to lead the Titan jayvees. Peyton Rose and Mason Lamb had five points each. Michael Queen netted four points. Gavin Davis and Eli Crawley scored three points each and Riley Moore had two points.
McDowell returns home on Tuesday against Alexander Central. Junior varsity girls action will begin at 4 p.m., and both games will be played in McDowell’s auxiliary gym.