The two Northwest 1A/2A conference leaders, West Stokes and Winston-Salem Prep, are set to square off this Friday night at West Stokes High School.
Both West Stokes and Prep currently have a perfect conference record of 6-0.
It’s too early to make predictions, but Wildcats coach Dan Spainhour said that Friday’s game is going to be huge and his team is going to have to be smart if they want to win.
“We have to defend well,” he said. “We won’t be able to match their athleticism.”
Prep’s style of play has been described as “run-and-gun” by Jeff Linville of The Mount Airy News - with players making their way down the lane for a basket before anyone knows what hit them.
“We can’t let them get all the way to the basket,” Spainhour said.
The Wildcats will have to look out for players like Aaron Lipscomb, who can catch fire and let the treys rain down from above. Lipscomb is currently averaging 16 points a game and has racked up over 200 points this season, according to stats on MaxPreps.com.
Spainhour said that the Wildcats are going to have to execute well on their home court on Friday night.
That means getting the ball to strong post players like Josh Spainhour, Reid Goodson and Alston Furr. They are the top players on the Wildcats rosters right now and are averaging about 16 points, according to recent team stats.
While West Stokes and Prep are tied atop the conference standings right now, a closer look at the two teams reveals that Prep has a slightly stronger playing record this season.
Both teams have a 6-0 record in the conference, but Prep has picked up an extra two wins this season (13-1). West Stokes is 11-3 this season. Therefore, Prep has an overall winning percentage of 93 percent, while West Stokes lags at 79 percent.
There is no telling how these stats will translate on the court on Friday night, but one thing is for sure: Prep has the power to put games away. Prep’s only loss of the season came at the hands of Mount Tabor on Dec. 28, when the Spartans soared to a 76-43 victory.