The basketball season has officially started for local teams. While season-opening scrimmage games may not seem very important in the grand scheme of the basketball season, they are often an early indicator of what’s in store. For the varsity girls teams, so far the future looks bright.
Last Thursday night, West Stokes scrimmaged Starmount and East Wilkes. Head Coach James Holleman said he was happy with the early performance of his girls. He said the competition they faced last week was talented, but in no way represented some of the tougher teams in the conference.
Holleman said that the Lady Wildcats beat both teams last season.
It is just the beginning of the season, but Holleman expects that the Lady Wildcats will be better as the season progresses.
“I think we have the chance to have a very good team,” he said. “I want us to be successful.”
But being a success on the court means that West Stokes will have to face some of the tougher teams in the conference — teams like Bishop McGuinness, Mt. Airy and North Surry.
Getting ready for those games means putting in the extra work to “take care” of the basketball and shoot the ball better. “You can always work on anything,” he said. Holleman expects his team to get much better in the coming weeks, but he said the Lady Wildcats are off to a good start.
“The way they are looking right now, I’m happy,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t want to get better.
Head Coach Mitch Adams said that the Lady Sauras scrimmaged several teams last week and he saw the team doing both good and bad things on the court.
“At times we looked really good,” he said. “At times we didn’t look so good. But for the most part I was pretty pleased.”
Adams expects that the Lady Sauras will be a very competitive team in the Northwest Conference. Based on early evidence, it looks like Adams might be right.
Last weekend, South Stokes scrimmaged three teams in its conference, and beat them all by a margin of 20-30 points. In its game against Martinsville, South Stokes won 42-25. South Stokes followed up with a 28 point victory over Reidsville. South Stokes finished the day with a 59-34 victory against Eden Morehead.
“[The last game] was our best game of the day,” he said. “We played the way we wanted for the full time.”
Adams believes that the Lady Sauras will be a good team this season, but they need to make improvements along the way. Right now, that means playing better defense and not getting as many turnovers.
“We’re just excited about the season. We’ve got a great group of girls,” he said.
The Vikings played several scrimmage games last weekend. North Stokes faced off against Starmount, Calvary and Ragsdale. Head Coach Mitch Reeves said that the Vikings played pretty “evenly” with the teams it squared off against. Reeves said he wasn’t sure that the Vikings came out on top in some of the quarters, but they didn’t trail by much, either.
Reeves said that the Lady Vikings have a lot to do this season if they want to have a successful season. “It’s going to be a struggle in every game we play this year,” he said. “I don’t think there is going to be an easy game out there for us this season.”
There won’t be an “easy” game out there, because the Northwest 1A/2A is a tough conference that is home to flagship schools like Mt. Airy and East Surry.
Nevertheless, Reeves said that the girls on the team are working hard and he expects good things out of them this season. “I’ve got a good group of girls and they all want to win,” he said.