Wildcats continue streak
by Erik Spencer Hill
The Wildcats continued their winning streak this season with a win against the East Davidson Golden Eagles in a home game last Friday night. The team handed the Golden Eagles a 68-42 loss.
Top scorers for the evening were Alston Furr (23 pts.), Josh Spainhour (16 pts.) and Keshawn Rawleigh (9 pts.).
Wildcats Coach Dan Spainhour said that he was pleased with the win, but that the team is going to have to execute better in future games as the competition ramps up.
The Lady Wildcats have had a tough start to the season and have racked up several losses. Last Friday night continued the trend with a 54-41 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles, who built a lead early in the game and held onto it for the night. Top scorers for the evening were Makala Bozman (14 pts.) and Abby Harris (10 pts.).
The Lady Wildcats took the lead early in the game last week, but they could not hold onto it for long. With about a minute to go in the first quarter, East Davidson tied the game up 7-7. Then, in the final seconds, the Golden Eagles jumped ahead with a 10-7 lead to end the quarter.
East Davidson’s Madison Hallman dropped a trey in the bucket to kick off the second quarter. Halfway through the quarter, the Golden Eagles were up 21-11.
Lady Wildcat Makala Bozman hit two back-to-back layups with about three minutes to go in the second, which brought the score to 25-15. West Stokes’ Chris Madigan — who scored 35 points in a game against Mount Airy on Dec. 11 — was in foul trouble in the first half.
By halftime, the Golden Eagles were defending a seven-point lead. At the end of the third, they were defending an 11-point advantage over the Lady Wildcats.
The final quarter started out with the Golden Eagles leading 39-28. West Stokes’ Abby Harris tried for a big three at the beginning of the quarter, but the shot narrowly missed the mark. Bozman floated one into the goal to bring the score to 39-30. Then each side held each other off for several minutes before a score was made.
The Lady Wildcats continued to play strong until the final moments of the game. But, despite some nice plays in the final minutes like a 3-pointer by Harris, the Lady Wildcats could not jump ahead. East Davidson defended its modest lead through the night and ended the game with a 54-41 win.
“We played horrible,” Coach James Holleman said. “When you have 30 turnovers in a game, you throw the ball away and lose the opportunity to score. We are not going to beat anyone that way.”
The Wildcats kept it close in the first quarter against the Golden Eagles in last week’s game. Minutes in, the game was tied up 2-2. The Wildcats built in an 11-6 lead early in the quarter, but the Eagles sank a trey at the end of the quarter, which brought the score to 13-9.
Wildcat Josh Spainhour made a jumper to kick off the second quarter. After some free throws, the score was 17-9. Keshawn Rawleigh stole the ball at midcourt and drove in for a layup. Seconds later, Rawleigh was at it again with another layup, which brought the score to 21-11.
West Stokes’ Alston Furr played it cool on the charity line to round out the second. Furr hit five free throws and a big trey from behind the arc to broaden the team’s lead to 35-16.
By halftime, the Wildcats had a 19-point lead. Both teams held each other off in the first minutes of the third quarter. The Wildcats only managed to score a few points in the beginning of the quarter, but then the team began to break through the Eagles defense for some big plays.
In the final minute of the third, Furr made a jumper and a layup and Zach Hartle floated one into the goal, which brought the score to 48-25.
The Wildcats started the final quarter with a 23-point lead. Furr continued to play big for the Wildcats for the night. With about five minutes to play, Furr hit two back-to-back layups to bring the score to 61-31. The team came out on top for the evening with a 68-41 win.
Coach Spainhour said that it was nice to grab another win and have an undefeated record so far this season, but he still believes the team needs to tighten up and execute better.
“We’re not crisp,” he said. “We’re not taking care of the details and we need to do a better job.”
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