“Our team didn’t quit and I’m proud of them for that,” said South Stokes coach Jason Clark.
After winning 17 games this season, the best record the Sauras have seen since 2011-12, it ended Tuesday night at home in a 74-49 playoff loss to Maiden.
“We didn’t play well at all. Maiden probably shot one of the best games they’ve shot all year against us. When teams get in a good rhythm that’s what happens. I hate to say it, but we beat ourselves in the first half,” Clark said.
South trailed the Blue Devils 37-15 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Sauras offense pulled in 17 points, 11 coming from senior Bryson Misenheimer.
Maiden kept their lead 50-32 moving into the last eight minutes.
Misenheimer pushed the Sauras ahead with the strength of his 3-pointers and Tre Scales drove down the court for back to back shots.
“They fought hard. Some of the seniors on this team have been with me the whole time. They set a goal to have a winning season and they did. We only had six wins last year so to finish with 17 is something for them to be proud of. They’ve started something and they know that,” Clark said.
West Stokes secured their place in the second round of the state playoffs after defeating Parkwood 72-61 at home on Tuesday.
Coach Dan Spainhour was pleased with his team right out of the gate. Their offense was led by juniors Josh Turner, who raked in 34 points and Reid Fulk added 20.
“We started the game very well. I’m proud that we’re still playing and have advanced to the second round,” he said.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play again on Thursday. Visit West Stokes Facebook or Twitter page for the time and location.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.