Before a packed house, junior Eugenia Marcelli scored 23 points and sparked West Stokes to a 74-43 victory over county rival South Stokes on Tuesday night in King.
“Eugenia is adapting to our system of basketball and has become a real leader on the floor for us,” said Wildcat coach Dillon Bobbitt. “We played well tonight. It could have easily been a closer game. You can throw records, skill, and all of that other stuff out of the window when these two schools play each other. We just stayed true to us and did our stuff.”
The Sauras began the game with free throws from Ashley James and a three-pointer by Maddy Shore. Senior Taylor Cunningham ignited the Wildcats with back-to-back three-pointers and gave her team a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. West Stokes finished the quarter on a 16-1 run and took an 18-6 advantage into the second period.
Marcelli led the Cats with seven points giving West Stokes a 36-20 lead going into the locker room.
“Taylor made some big shots tonight,” said Bobbitt. “We were making the extra pass and hitting the open player and our whole team fed off of that. It’s about the process and our team is starting to mature and trust each other through every practice and game.”
West Stokes opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run with baskets coming from freshman Emma Santoro and Marcelli to lead 44-20. A 9-0 run to start the fourth period expanded a lead the Sauras couldn’t overcome.
“Marcelli was the difference in the game for them,” stated Saura coach Rodney Matthews. “She is a great ball player. I thought Ashley (James) was the only player that came out really ready to play for us. She has been our go-to person all season. She has worked herself into a good player for us. We rely on her and her leadership.”
Marcelli led West Stokes with 23 points and eight rebounds. Cunningham and Hannah Spainhour added 12, while Santoro tallied nine points and 11 rebounds. James led the Sauras with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Tatyana Childress and Antoinette France added seven points each.
West Stokes improves to 10-4 with the win and the Sauras dropped to 5-12. The Wildcats will host Walkertown on Friday and South Stokes travels to East Surry.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.