South Stokes sweeps past Surry Central
by Erik Spencer Hill
South Stokes’ varsity boys team grabbed another conference win last Friday night with a 50-43 victory over Surry Central. The Lady Sauras came up short for the evening with a 64-33 loss.
“It’s a very big win,” South Stokes boys coach Jason Clark said. “I was just proud of them.”
The Sauras improved to 4-3 in the conference this season. South Stokes is tied with East Surry in third place in conference standings.
Lady Sauras Coach Mitch Adams said that the Eagles are a very tough team.
“We don’t match up well with them,” he said. “They are very physical and big. We didn’t handle the pressure very well.”
South Stokes’ loss to Surry Central comes just a week after a conference victory over rival West Stokes. The team now moves to 2-5 in the conference this season.
Surry Central had a strong first quarter. The Eagles outscored the Lady Sauras 22-11.
The Lady Sauras fought to put 12 points on the board. At the end of the the second, the team trailed the Eagles by 12 points.
At the beginning of the third quarter, the score was 35-23.
Coach Adams said that he thought his team could have won the game if had come out stronger in the third and taken better care of the ball.
But, the Eagles outscored the Lady Sauras 22-4, which brought the score to 57-27.
In the final quarter, the Eagles were riding high with a 20-point lead. The Eagles finished out the game posting up another seven points and grabbed the win for the evening 64-33.
“We’re not very strong,” Adams said. “When you get pushed around it’s hard to do the things you want to do.”
The South Stokes boys narrowly jumped ahead of the Eagles 8-7 in the first quarter.
South Stokes played big in the second quarter and posted up an extra 22 points. By halftime, the Sauras had taken a 22-13 lead.
Surry Central outscored South Stokes 9-8 and 21-20 in the last half of the game, but it wasn’t enough to come ahead for evening.
The padding achieved in the second quarter allowed the Sauras to stay ahead and grab a 50-43 win for the evening.
“We hit free throws and executed well down the stretch to come away with the win,” Coach Clark said.
Clark said that his team is going to have to fight for every conference win they get this season.
“It’s going to be a tough battle,” he said. “But I think our kids are ready for the challenge. This win got us back on track.”
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