Wildcats ground Golden Eagles 56-39
by Erik Spencer Hill
The Wildcats are on a roll this season. Last Friday night, the team clenched a 56-39 win from Surry Central in an away game to remain undefeated in conference play, 4-0. The Lady Wildcats were not as lucky. The team took home a 61-36 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles and have yet to win a game in conference play this season.
“We played well in a tough environment,” West Stokes boys coach Dan Spainhour said. “Both Reid Goodson and Josh Spainhour [were] in foul trouble in the first half so I was pleased with the way we weathered the storm.”
The Wildcats and the Eagles kept it close in the first half of the game last Friday. By halftime, the Wildcats were ahead 29-22 after a free throw and a 3-pointer by Josh Spainhour.
West Stokes’ defense worked hard in the second half and limited Surry Central to single-digit scoring in the third and fourth quarters.
The Eagles found it difficult to compete with the height of West Stokes, which has several players over 6-foot-3.
In the final two quarters, the Wildcats grabbed another 27 points to close out the game with a score of 56-39.
“Surry Central is a very physical and deliberate team,” Coach Spainhour said. “To win by 17 hopefully says something about the resilience of this team.”
Alston Furr was the top scorer for the Wildcats that evening with 22 points.
Although the Lady Wildcats won all of their pre-conference games this season, they have had a tough start to the conference season and have yet to grab a win.
In last Friday night’s game against Surry Central’s Lady Eagles, the Lady Wildcats found themselves trailing by a few points for most of the first and second quarters. By halftime, the Wildcats were down 32-24.
Makala Bozman played big for the Lady Wildcats in the first half, racking up 13 points, but it wasn’t enough to bring the team ahead for the lead.
By the second half, the Eagles were onto Bozman and kept her covered up — limiting her to only three points. Wildcat Chris Madigan provided some saving grace for the evening when she went 6-8 on the charity stripe in the second half.
But, despite keeping it close in the early part of the game, the Wildcats continued to trail. The Eagles finished the game with a 27-8 run, which brought the final score to 61-36.
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