The South Stokes varsity teams started their season with wins in non-conference games against Atkins.
The Saura varsity teams faced the Camels last week and came out on top. Monday night, the Sauras proved their muster again against the Camels.
The Lady Sauras grabbed a nice seven point lead before the half and kept it the rest of the night to finish with a 38-23 win.
Lady Sauras’ Head Coach Mitch Adams said that the Camels kept pressure on the ball all night, but the Sauras maintained their composure and “came out on top.”
The varsity boys team followed up with their own success on the court. The Sauras grabbed a 20 point lead in the third quarter and held onto it for the remainder of the game. The Sauras finished the game with a score of 55-33.
Sauras’ Head Coach Jason Clark said that the Sauras’ defense created scoring opportunities in the game. He said he was happy with the win, but he says the Sauras need to tighten up their game if they want to go far this season. This means cutting down on turnovers. Right now, the Sauras are averaging about 20 turnovers a game.
The Camels started the game strong on Monday night. In the first quarter, the Camels gained a lead of 6-2.
But, the Lady Sauras began to even up the score in the early part of the second half, which brought the score to 7-6. Lady Sauras’ Maddison Clary grabbed two points and the Sauras jumped ahead for the first time. By the end of the second, the Sauras led 17-10.
Michala Purdue kicked off the third quarter with a shot that brought the score to 19-10. Just minutes into the third, Hannah Wood posted a 3-pointer, which bumped the score further.
The Lady Sauras continued to make smart passes down the court and put their shots in the basket. After a free throw by Kelli Mounce, the Lady Sauras rounded out the third quarter with a 10 point lead of 29-19.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Sauras continued to put points up on the scoreboard. With about five minutes left to play, Clary dropped another 3-pointer in the basket.
Atkins continued to play aggressively in the final minutes of the game, but they could not break through the Sauras’ defense. The Camels fought to get a couple of shots in the basket with just minutes left.
The Sauras ended the game with a 38-23 win over the Camels.
Coach Adams said that the Lady Sauras began to settle in halfway through the second quarter. He said that his team was able to jump ahead by slowing things down and making smart passes.
“Sometimes we rush too much,” he said. “But we’ve been working on that. When we calm down and find the right passes, good things happen.”
The Sauras started the game against the Camels hot on Monday night and put pressure on the ball early in the game. Saura Alex Matthews hit two 3-pointers only minutes apart. Minutes later, Jacquan Martin made a floating layup for an extra two points. The Sauras rounded out the first quarter with an 18-4 lead.
In the second period, the Sauras continued to put pressure on the ball and limited the scoring of the Camels. Three minutes into the second quarter, the Sauras continued to post up points. After some free throws, the Sauras had a lead of 22-7. A 3-pointer helped to even the score up a bit for the Camels, who trailed 24-14 near the end of the second.
The Sauras caught rebounds all night and took them back down the lane for a goal. By the half the Sauras had already sailed away with a lead of 28-15.
Atkins grabbed the first shot after the break, but their scoring throughout the third quarter was stymied by South Stokes’ defense. The only other points that the Camels gained in the third were two free throws. The Sauras, on the other hand, continued to increase their lead. By the end of the third, the Sauras had a lead of 38-19.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, it was began to look bleak for the Camels. Despite hammering their way down the court, the Camels could not sink their shots in the basket.
The Sauras’ offense continued to pound their way through the Camels’ defense to put shots in the goal. Devin Feimster dropped a 3-pointer in the bucket, which brought the score to 48-25.
The Camels had some late-game steals, which proved they wanted the ball and could post points on the board, but their last-ditch efforts came up short. The Sauras were too far ahead, and had no signs of stopping. South Stokes finished the game with a 55-33 win over Atkins.
Coach Clark said that his team came out “pressing” the Camels hard. Clark said that the Sauras play well when they are running the ball and putting pressure on the ball.
“We moved the ball decently,” he said. “[Still] we need to execute a little better.”
Clark said that the Sauras need to cut down on turnovers and work to grab every rebound.
“We are going to have to get better,” he said. “There are no easy games in our league.”
South Stokes’ boys varsity team fought neck-and-neck with McMichael in the first half of the game last week, but they let the game slip away in the second half. McMichael beat South Stokes 87-61. Clark said he expects more from his team. “We didn’t play well that night,” he said. South Stokes’ girls varsity team faired better and came away with a 69-53 win against McMichael on Nov. 20.