Wildcats grab win over Greyhounds
by Erik Spencer Hill
Last Friday was a night of mixed success for the Wildcats. The varsity boys took home a 75-46 win in the second conference game of the season against North Surry.
The Lady Wildcats were not so lucky. The team fell 43-24 in their game against North Surry. The two teams kept it to a close 10-9 in the first quarter, with the Wildcats leading by one point. However, the Lady Wildcats’ scoring was limited in the second and third — only scoring a total of 10 points over the two quarters. North Surry went on to win 43-24.
The West Stokes boys bested North Surry in their second conference game of the season. So far, the Wildcats are 5-0 in regular season play and 2-0 in the conference.
It’s early in the season, but fans are already hopeful that the Wildcats will make it even further than last year, when Cuthbertson defeated West Stokes 74-60 in the regional semi-final of the basketball state playoffs.
Wildcats Head Coach Dan Spainhour said it is too early to make predictions. “It is a long season and it is important to take it day by day and try to improve each day,” he said.
The Wildcats came out hot in last week’s game against the Greyhounds. The team posted up nearly 20 points in the first quarter alone. The Greyhounds trailed with 12 points.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats continued to control the ball and tack up points on the scoreboard. The team grabbed another 15 points, while the Greyhounds were limited to only seven points.
The Wildcats controlled the lead 34-19 at halftime.
West Stokes continued to pull off some big plays in the second half. The Wildcats scored big in the third quarter with 23 points. The team’s defense worked to limit the scoring of the Greyhounds to just eight points. North Surry had trouble breaking through and making their shots most of the night.
The two teams kept the scoring close in the final quarter. North Surry started to make some shots in the fourth quarter and racked up 19 points — more points than the previous two quarters combined. West Stokes trailed with 18 points in the quarter, but it was still enough to come out on top 75-46 for the evening.
“Our seniors have done a good job of leading us thus far,” Spainhour said.”I thought Reid Goodson did an excellent job defending their leading scorer.”
The Lady Wildcats posted up 10 points in the first quarter. But in the second quarter, the Greyhounds grabbed back the lead and went on to score 11 points. The team’s defense worked to limit the Wildcats’ scoring opportunities in the quarter.
By halftime, the Greyhounds were winning 20-15.
The third quarter was low scoring for both teams. The Lady Wildcats only managed to grab five points. North Surry didn’t fare much better with eight points, but it was enough to defend the lead 28-20.
By the fourth quarter, the Greyhounds began to settle down and sink their shots. The team racked up 15 points in the quarter and limited the Wildcats to just 4 points.
The Greyhounds won the game 43-24 and improved their record to 5-1 overall. The team remains undefeated in conference play 2-0.
Makala Bozman led the Wildcats in scoring for the evening with 12 points.
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