North and South Stokes hit the road late last week for some non-conference games. Both of the Saura varsity teams picked up wins last Thursday and Friday. The Viking varsity teams were handed some tough losses on the road.
After the South Stokes varsity boys team was handed a tough 85-43 loss on Dec. 7 by Winston-Salem Prep, Coach Jason Clark vowed that his team was not going to lose again until the new year. It was a promise that Clark and his team was able to keep.
In the past couple of weeks, the Sauras picked up wins against North and East Surry.
Last Thursday night, South Stokes beat Alleghany 62-55. Top scorers for the evening were Jacquan Martin (16 pts.), Brandon Smith (16 pts.), Devin Feimster (11 pts.) and Mitchell Edwards (10 pts.).
On Friday night, South Stokes beat Galax 59-45. Grant Joyce had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Other top scorers were Feimster (13 pts.) and Edwards (8 pts.).
“We’re sitting where we need to be,” Coach Clark said. “The kids are stepping up and making good shots. That’s all you can ask for.”
The Sauras are now 9-3 in regular season and 3-1 in conference.
The Lady Sauras picked up road wins late last week, as well. Last Thursday, the team was not selfish and worked as a team to grab a 59-42 win against Alleghany. The varsity girls team had 19 assists on 22 field goals.
“We played as a team,” Coach Mitch Adams said.
Hannah Wood buried five 3-pointers in the game and led the team with 29 points. Kelli Mounce also played strong and contributed 15 points and seven assists.
“Hopefully the hot shooting can continue,” Adams said.
On Friday, the Lady Sauras continued with another win. South Stokes grabbed a narrow win against Galax 42-39.
The Lady Sauras are now 8-4 in the regular season and 0-4 in the conference. Adams said he was happy with the team’s most recent wins, but that the team is still looking for their first conference win.
“For us to be successful, we have to play as hard as we can for every second of the game,” he said.
The Viking varsity boys team started out a “little flat” last Thursday night in the team’s game against East Wilkes, Coach David Anderson said. The Vikings were handed a 62-49 loss.
Anderson said that the team had a lot of turnovers in the game and could not come out on top. He said it is sometimes tough to come back after the holidays and grab a win.
The Vikings were handed another loss on Friday night. West Wilkes narrowly beat North Stokes 50-47 with a last minute 3-pointer.
“It was disappointing,” Anderson said. “We’ve dropped four tight games. We gotta figure out how to finish games.”
Top scorers for the game against West Wilkes were Matt Hopkins (11 pts.) and Garrett Wood (10 pts.).
North Stokes is now 3-9 in the regular season and 0-5 in the conference. Anderson said that he is still hopeful the team will grab its first conference win in the coming weeks.
“If we can put four quarters of basketball together, I think we will [win],” he said. “Right now we’re just playing in spurts.”
The Lady Vikings got off to a good start against East Wilkes and led after the first quarter last Thursday, Coach Mitch Reeves said.
Heather Nall and Hannah McBride got into foul trouble and had to sit the majority of the second. Nall was a top scorer in the game with 25 points.
Despite some strong playing by the Lady Vikings, the team could not come out on top for evening. After halftime, East Wilkes cruised to a 49-38 win.
West Wilkes handed North Stokes a 50-23 loss last Friday evening. Reeves said the varsity girls team was “sluggish” and struggled on both ends of the floor.
“West Wilkes just wanted to win more than we did,” he said. “I can handle losing a ball game, but our effort was unacceptable.”