Fans came out in droves Friday night to see West Stokes snap the Sauras six-game win streak in a 45-42 overtime triumph.
“I thought it was a good high school basketball game. It was probably more fun to watch than coach,” said West Stokes coach Dan Spainhour.
The Wildcats improved to 10-7, and 2-1 in the WPAC while the Sauras dropped their first conference loss of the season.
West jumped to an early 8-0 lead with a basket from Josh Turner and two three-pointers from Reid Fulk and Kameron Wall. Saura coach Jason Clark called a timeout.
With five minutes left in the first quarter Michal Phillips put the Sauras on the board with a layup. South freshman Brady Dudley followed up with a three closing the gap 8-5. Ben Bowen added a shot and Bryson Misenheimer tied the game 12-12 with a long three.
Turner tipped in a basket at the buzzer to round out the quarter 14-12 and give the Wildcats a two-point lead.
“I think we were equally matched teams. We had a good home crowd tonight and I believe it helped us,” Spainhour said.
South inched ahead taking the lead in the second quarter 17-16 when Jonah Moorefield sunk two free throws and Misenheimer added another three points.
West responded with two baskets from Noah Spainhour and Fulk’s second three-pointer pushing the Wildcats ahead 24-20 at halftime.
South dominated in the third quarter putting up 11 points to West Stokes four. Tre Scales made his presence known on the court adding six points and Bowen tacked on five.
“I thought we were very fortunate that Scales didn’t play in the first half because he gave us a lot of trouble in the second half and we didn’t adapt well,” Spainhour said.
The Sauras led 31-28 in the last eight minutes of the game. Phillips and Scales added baskets helping South keep the lead.
Fulk put up his third three-pointer of the night and then tacked on two free throws to make it 41-37.
With 13 seconds left Misenheimer was fouled. The senior put both shots in to tie the game 42-42 and push the rival teams into overtime.
“(Jason) Clark has a really good group and they made it tough for us,” Spainhour said.
With four minutes on the clock, West Stokes senior Andrew Spainhour sank a three pointer. His lone basket sealed the overtime win for the Wildcats.
“They played hard. They fought hard and I’m proud of them for that,” Clark said.
Turner led the Wildcats with 17 points, Fulk added 11, (Noah) Spainhour and Wall each had seven.
For South Stokes, Scales led with 11 points, Phillips, Misenheimer, and Bowen each had eight.
West Stokes went on to defeat Carver 40-38 Tuesday night in another close matchup. The Wildcats are 11-7, 3-1 in the Western Piedmont Conference.
Lady Sauras defeat Wildcats
South Stokes ladies outscored West 54-22 and picked up their first conference win of the season.
“It was one of the best games we’ve played all year,” said Sauras coach Mitch Adams.
West Stokes Alyssa Duggins was the only scorer to put up a basket for the Wildcats in the first quarter. She went on to lead West with 11 points.
At halftime, South’s Hailey Yontz landed a shot at the buzzer to put South ahead 29-12.
“Haleigh gives us great leadership and encourages everyone to play team ball,” Adams said. “Kenya (Jones) also really stepped up tonight.”
After suffering an ankle injury over Christmas break, Jones has come back in full force. The junior added 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals on Friday.
South and West Stokes teams are on the road Friday, Jan. 26. South travels to Carver and West to North Surry.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.