Wildcats scratch out Vikings 66-46
Erik Spencer Hill
The Wildcats grabbed another conference win this season in a matchup with the Vikings last Friday night at North Stokes High School. The team improved to a record of 5-0 in conference play, after taking home the 66-46 win.
The Vikings (0-6) are still looking for the secret ingredient needed to grab their first conference win this season.
Coach Dan Spainhour said that it was a good feeling to be 5-0 in the conference this season. He said that the matchup against North Stokes was not easy.
“North Stokes is a scrappy bunch,” he said. “They played hard.”
The top scorers for the Wildcats were Reid Goodson (26 pts.) and Alston Furr (11 pts.)
Wildcat Reid Goodson kicked off the game last Friday night with a jumper. Then, Alston Furr and Goodson combined on some free throws and brought the score to 6-0 in the early game.
West Stokes held off North Stokes in the first with a 16-2 run. Viking Matt Hopkins had the only score of the quarter when he hit a jumper.
The Vikings outscored the Wildcats 14-11 in the second quarter. Jonah Slate put two up in the first minutes of the second. Freshman point guard Jackson Moorefield drove into a crowded goal for a layup, which brought the score to 20-7.
The Vikings grabbed another nine points to round out the quarter, but not enough to jump ahead of the Wildcats.
By halftime, the Wildcats were in command of an 11-point lead. The team went on to score 21 points in the third quarter. Goodson continued to float the ball into the basket to keep the team ahead.
Vikings Hopkins, Moorefield and Dustin Smith continued to attack the basket. The team grabbed 15 points in the third.
The Wildcats opened the fourth quarter with a 20-point lead. Goodson, Furr and Josh Spainhour continued to attack the basket. Spainhour and Furr kept it cool on the free-throw line and combined to bring the final score to 66-46.
Viking Moorefield, who came off the JV roster to play at the varsity level at the start of the season, had eight points in the game, including a 3-pointer in the final minute of play.
Coach Spainhour said that North Stokes has some tough players like Hopkins, who was the top scorer for the the Vikings with 17 points. The Vikings are a very “physical” team. Both teams racked up about 10 fouls in the second half.
“We’re not the most physical group,” Spainhour said. “We need to continue to be more physical.”
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