The Lady Sauras grabbed their first conference win of the season with a 62-60 hairline victory over the Bears at South Stokes High School last Friday night. With the win against Mount Airy under their belt, the varsity girls team improved to 1-4 in conference play this season.
Lady Sauras Coach Mitch Adams said that the team’s first conference victory was a “big win” for the team.
“We hope we can build on it and continue to do better,” he said.
The South Stokes varsity boys team did not fare as well. The Sauras lost their game against the Bears 53-38. The Sauras are now 3-2 in the conference this season.
For Sauras Coach Jason Clark, the game last Friday night was one of the worst the team has played all year.
“It was a very sloppy game on our part,” he said. “We just didn’t play very well.”
The Lady Sauras kept it tight with the Bears last week, narrowly coming out on top 22-21 in the first quarter.
The Bears were limited to scoring just six points in the second quarter, while the Sauras went on to score 14 points.
By halftime, the Sauras had a nine-point lead. The team went 12-10 with the Bears in the third, which brought the score to 48-37 to round out the quarter.
Mount Airy played strong in the final quarter and posted up 23 points, which helped to narrow the team’s deficit with the Sauras.
As the Sauras’ lead narrowed in the final quarter, Coach Adams had a brief moment where he thought the team might let another win slip away. The Lady Sauras had lost their last conference game to the East Surry Cardinals 58-43.
“We’ve been trying to put together four quarters of basketball,” Adams said. “We’ve been close so many times, I was just hoping that we would settle down and finish out the game.”
The Sauras did just that. The team put up another 14 points in the final quarter to clear the game with a narrow 62-60 victory.
“When you beat a team as good as Mount Airy, it gives you confidence,” he said.
The top scorers for the Lady Sauras were Kelli Mounce (27 pts.), Hannah Wood (12 pts.) and Samantha Hill (10 pts.).
Adams said that Mounce played well and set the tone early in the game. Mounce nearly grabbed a double-double with 27 points and eight rebounds.
The South Stokes boys came out strong and posted up 19 points in the first quarter of last Friday night’s game against the Bears. By the end of the first, the team had a seven-point lead.
But, after a strong first quarter, the Sauras played a little flat and could not break through the Bears defense to chalk up points.
“We can get beat on any given night,” Coach Clark said. “It was just one of those nights when nobody stepped up. We got out of attack mode.”
In the remaining three quarters, the Sauras only scored 19 points, while the Bears settled down in the final quarters with an extra 41 points. Mount Airy came out on top 53-38 for evening.
“They played harder and beat us,” Clark said.
Clark said that after losing on their home court, the Sauras are “back on the hunt” for a conference win.
“We’re going to see what we’re made out of,” he said. “Our kids are going to bounce back. They’re not going to dwell on this long.”
After losing to Winston-Salem Prep at the beginning of December, the Sauras closed out 2012 with five wins, including two conference wins against East Surry and North Surry.
After the 53-38 loss to Mount Airy, South Stokes had a regular season record of 9-4.