Sauras defeat Phoenix
Erik Spencer Hill
South Stokes had success in their varsity away games against McMichael last Friday night. The Lady Sauras took home a 59-41 win against the Phoenix. The Saura boys followed with a 53-43 win of their own.
Lady Sauras Head Coach Mitch Adams said that the team started out slow last Friday, but settled down in the second half and won the game. “We did what we needed to do,” he said.
The top scorers for the Lady Sauras were Kelli Mounce (13 points), Hannah Wood (13 points), Samantha Hill (12 points) and Shay Hampton (11 points).
Sauras Head Coach Jason Clark said that beating the Phoenix was “big.” “It was good to beat a bigger school like that,” he said. South Stokes is a 1A high school and McMichael is 3A.
J.J. Davis and Brandon Smith were among the top players for the Sauras last Friday.
The Lady Sauras came out strong in the first quarter and posted up 13 points. The defense worked overtime in the first. The Phoenix only managed to hit one free throw.
McMichael did better in the second quarter and posted up 13 points. The Sauras grabbed eight points in the second. South Stokes led 21-14 at halftime.
After the half, Adams said the Lady Sauras began to “pick up the pace” and executed better. South Stokes got 16 points in the third quarter. By the end of the third, the Sauras led 37-27.
Although McMichael trailed by 10 points, it still looked like it could be anyone’s game. However, the Lady Sauras put the game away in the final quarter by racking up an extra 22 points. The final score of the evening was 59-41.
Adams said that he was happy with the win, but still thinks the Sauras need to learn to take care of the basketball better.
“When we get into conference play, we are going to get pressured,” he said. “When you play the teams we are going to face this season, you have to take care of the basketball if you want to win.”
The Sauras grabbed the lead early in the game against the Phoenix last Friday and held onto it for the rest of the evening. Clark said that the Sauras executed better last week than they have in recent games.
In the first quarter, South Stokes scored 13 points to McMichael’s eight. The Sauras posted up another 12 points in the second quarter. By halftime, the Sauras led 25-15.
The Phoenix tried to hang on in the third quarter, but they could not jump ahead. The Sauras racked up another 12 points before the end of the third.
In the final quarter, the Sauras got 16 points. McMichael still trailed and managed to get 13 points. Although the Phoenix fought to tack points on the board, they came up short for the evening. The final score of the game was 53-43, Sauras win.
“We played with a little more poise this past Friday,” Clark said. “We hit our easy shots we’ve been missing. We executed well and I was tickled to death.”
Still, the Sauras have tougher games ahead. Friday will mark the beginning of conference play for South Stokes, as they face off against Winston-Salem Prep in an away game.
“They are going to give us a lot of pressure,” he said.
Nevertheless, Clark said, “I’m pleased with where we are, I’m glad we’re playing a little better now.”
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