Wildcats inch past Bears for 58-54 win
by Erik Spencer Hill
After rescheduling last Friday’s game because of wintry weather, the Wildcats inched by for a narrow 58-54 win over the Granite Bears at Mount Airy High School on Monday night.
“I was very proud of my team winning on the road against one of the hottest teams in the conference,” Wildcats Coach Dan Spainhour said.
Mount Airy’s varsity boys team started off their game against West Stokes having won nine out of their last 10 games. The Bears had not lost a home game all year and their only loss of the season came at the hands of Winston-Salem Prep.
The Wildcats got off to a good start and outscored the Bears 13-11 in the first quarter. But, the Bears quickly retaliated and went up 18-13 in the second quarter.
By halftime, the Bears were up by three points (29-26).
After the first half, West Stokes returned to the court and put up 18 points in the third quarter. The Wildcat defense worked hard to limit the Bears’ scoring to just six points. By the end of the third quarter, the Wildcats were ahead 44-35.
The Bears pitched a last stand in the final quarter and outscored the Wildcats 19-14. The team came within striking distance of grabbing the win for the evening, but the Wildcats defended their lead and grabbed a 58-54 win on the road.
Coach Spainhour said that he was proud of the way his team “persevered” and did not let the Bears jump ahead in the end.
“Games will always tighten up as the conference season goes along,” Spainhour said. “[Late in the season] everyone knows about everyone and coaches make game plans to try and stop you. I like the way our team is making adjustments and finding a way to win.”
After Monday night’s win, the Wildcats improved to 8-1 in the conference this season. The Wildcats’ only loss this season was against Prep (54-44) earlier this month.
The Lady Wildcats got off to a slow start against the Bears and could not seem to get ahead for the night. The team only managed to outscore the Bears in the third quarter. The Lady Bears coasted to a 50-37 win over the Wildcats.
The Lady Bears jumped out for an early lead in Monday night’s game and outscored the Wildcats 21-9 in the first quarter.
With a 12-point lead going into the second quarter, the Bears grabbed another nine points, which brought the score to 30-17 at halftime.
The Lady Wildcats had their highest-scoring quarter in the game in the third quarter, when they put up 12 points. The team outscored the Bears by one point in the quarter, but the Bears were still in control of the game with a 12-point lead.
Mount Airy put up another nine points in the final quarter and sailed away with a 50-37 win for the evening.
After Monday night’s loss, the Lady Wildcats are now 2-7 in the conference.
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