West Stokes’ varsity teams had a night of mixed success on the court. The Lady Wildcats fell to the Mount Airy Bears 63-53. The varsity boys team grabbed a 62-33 win against the Bears and remain undefeated in conference play this season 3-0.
The Lady Wildcats kept it tight with the Bears in the first quarter on Tuesday night. With about three minutes left to play in the first, the game was tied up 8-8. But, the Bears jumped ahead 15-8 in the final two minutes.
For most of the night, the Lady Wildcats found themselves trailing. Chris Madigan played strong in the first half and posted up several layups that helped the team to narrow the Bears’ lead 30-21 by the end of the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats fought to catch up with the Bears. With minutes left in the quarter, the Wildcats trailed 40-36. But, then Abby Harris made two huge back-to-back 3-pointers to round out the quarter. The Bears led by only one point 40-39.
The fourth quarter was a thriller with the game tied up 51-51 with only minutes to play. But, the Bears jumped ahead in the final minutes on some big plays and free throws. The Bears took home a 63-53 win.
Madigan was the top-scorer for the Wildcats for the evening with 35 points - a new individual high-score record for the varsity girls team.
West Stokes varsity boys team had better luck against Mount Airy for the evening.
Wildcat Alston Furr put a big trey in the basket to start the game. With a jumper from Reid Goodson, the score was 5-2. Josh Spainhour had a couple of breaks past defenders for some layups. By the end of the first, the team had already developed a cool 18-4 lead.
In the second quarter, Wildcat defenders limited the scoring of the Bears to seven points in the quarter. The Wildcats pushed their lead to 37-13.
The third quarter was low-scoring for both teams. The Wildcats managed seven points and the Bears grabbed an extra six to end the third with a score of 46-19.
Wildcat Caustin Beckner played strong in the fourth quarter and floated several layups into the basket over the quarter. The Wildcats came away with the win for the evening 62-33.
“I like the development of our guys,” Coach Dan Spainhour said. “We did a pretty good job.”
Alston Furr, who had 14 points in the game, said that the team came out with “focus” and “intensity” and that helped them to win the game.