West Stokes clawed their way to a 50-42 road win against East Surry Friday night. After coming off back-to-back losses to Mount Airy (61-49, 46-34), Wildcats coach Dan Spainhour said it was a good win for his team.
“I thought we weathered some things tonight. I saw some growth, and I thought we played for each other better than we have in the past,” he said.
West Stokes jumped to an early 7-1 lead with quick baskets from senior Kameron Wall, but the Cardinals fought their way back into the contest. East Surry got within 13-12 with a three-pointer two minutes into the second quarter, only to see the Wildcats extend their lead 20-16 going into half.
“We could have done better, but for the most part we were hard to score against,” Spainhour said.
The Wildcats held a seven-point lead midway through the third quarter, until East Surry hit a pair of threes cutting the margin to 29-28. With 52 seconds left, Josh Turner, who led the Wildcats with 19 points, added a basket to push West ahead 36-30. The Cardinals quickly responded with a three, then rebounded a missed shot to score at the buzzer.
Senior Caustin Beckner opened the fourth with a basket, followed by a three from Reid Fulk extending Wests’ lead 41-35. After that, the Cardinals missed several opportunities to score and the Wildcats pulled away for the win.
“It’s good to have Caustin (Beckner) back. He stabilizes us as a leader and I thought Kameron (Wall) was much better tonight. We need those two seniors,” Spainhour said.
West plays in the Frank Spencer Tournament Saturday, Dec. 26 at Reagan High School against Mt. Tabor at 2 p.m.
West Stokes falls to East Surry 67-30
The Lady Wildcats led against undefeated East Surry for much of the first quarter with baskets from Alyssa Duggins, Sarah Stone, Avery Darida, and Tori Allen but the Cardinals hit an offensive rhythm before half to take a strong 28-14 lead.
“We got into foul trouble with two of our starters and that hurt us,” said West coach Nick Frye.
Duggins was also injured in the second quarter and taken to the hospital after suffering a scratch to her eye.
“It was bleeding pretty badly. I think she’s going to be alright, but she’s one of our primary ball handlers,” Frye said.
Rachel Delcamp opened the second half with a basket. Taylor Cunningham added two three’s before the Lady Cardinals pushed ahead to win by nearly 40 points.
Cunningham, Stone and Allen had six points each to lead the Lady Wildcats.
West is currently 0-7. According to the coach, the young team is focused on fundamentals and working on their offense.
“We went in at halftime and I told them to focus on some of the small things. We started to do that and I could see a difference,” Frye said. “I’ve seen more effort and intensity in the last two games. As long as they keep giving that, they’re going to improve.”