County rivals South and West Stokes met again for the third time this season for a chance to play in the WPAC conference championship game on Friday night at Carver High School. After wins on each of their home courts during the season, the Wildcats ran away with a 43-32 win at the neutral site.
“I’m glad we won, but South makes it hard for us to score. Each time we’ve played them we only got 45, 42, and 43 points,” said West Stokes coach Dan Spainhour.
South took their only lead in the top of the second quarter with a shot from sophomore Brady Dudley putting the Sauras ahead 10-9. West never trailed again. Within seconds Josh Turner tipped the ball in for the Wildcats. Reid Fulk added back-to-back 3-pointers pushing West to 17-10. Wes Ayers banked another three giving the Cats a 10 point advantage.
South sophomore Ben Bowen responded with two baskets. Bryson Misenheimer scored on the next possession to put South within three points at halftime.
During the third quarter West held the Sauras to only two points.
“I thought we were really good defensively. I was proud of our guys for sticking to a game plan. When you play South, it’s easy to get mentally out of whack,” Spainhour said.
West kept a comfortable ten point lead through much of the final eight minutes.
“Our effort was there, but I didn’t think our focus was. We just had a hard time scoring and granted West played well. They came out and trapped us a little bit. We weren’t in attack mode and were very passive. We weren’t mentally there,” said Sauras coach Jason Clark.
The win put West Stokes in the championship game against North Surry the following day. South Stokes went on to defeat Carver 57-44 to take third place in the Western Piedmont Conference.
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