The Lady Wildcats picked up their first conference win of the season in a game against the Vikings last Friday night at North Stokes High School. The Wildcats grabbed the lead early in the game and defended it well to end the game with a 46-34 win.
Wildcats Coach James Holleman said that his team started out a little “ragged” in the game. Despite the slow start, the Wildcats built up a 14 point lead by halftime. It was enough for the Lady Wildcats to stay ahead the rest of the night.
Holleman said that anytime you can pick up a win, it’s a good thing. The Wildcats’ first conference win may be a little sweeter, but for Holleman, it’s no cause for celebration.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” he said. “We can’t look ahead.”
The Lady Wildcats improved to 1-4 in conference play this season. The North Stokes varsity girls team had yet to win a conference game this season.
Vikings Coach Mitch Reeves said his team needs to be more “focused” in games.
“We got good looks, but just had trouble putting the ball in the basket,” he said.
Top scorers for the Lady Wildcats were Abby Harris (13 pts.) and Makala Bozman (12 pts.).
West Stokes grabbed the first score of the game last Friday night with a layup from Makala Bozman. Viking Hannah McBride struck back with a two, which tied the game up 2-2. The Lady Wildcats went up 8-3 in the first quarter.
Wildcat Abby Harris kicked off the second quarter with a 2-pointer. Viking Summer Harris hit a 2-pointer, which brought the score to 10-5. North Stokes missed some close shots under goal and did not score again in the second, while West Stokes moved up 14-5.
After the first half, the Lady Wildcats controlled a 14-point lead. The Vikings inched ahead slightly in the third quarter. Taylor Mabe broke free and swished a 3-pointer, which brought the score to 26-11.
Still, the Lady Wildcats remained in control. Abby Harris hit a big three to round out the quarter 34-13.
The Lady Vikings played better in the final quarter and posted up 21 points — almost three times as many as the previous quarter. McBride stole the ball and broke past defenders for a cool layup at the beginning of the fourth. Heather Nall stole the ball and made a quick pass to Karleigh Marshall who put one up in the goal and brought the score to 35-20.
Despite improved playing in the fourth, it wasn’t enough for the Vikings to jump ahead. The Lady Wildcats went on to score 12 points in the quarter, to end the night on top 46-34.
Even though the Lady Wildcats won the game, Coach Holleman said he saw a lot of “mental mistakes” that need to be corrected in the coming days. For starters, Holleman said that his team should not be getting 27 turnovers.
“We’ve got to take better care of the ball,” he said.