Wildcats soar in second half to down Cards 61-30
by Erik Spencer Hill
Monday night West Stokes’ varsity boys team defended its home court against East Surry with a 61-30 win.
The Wildcats and the Cards were neck-and-neck for the lead in the first half of the game. At halftime, the Wildcats were only up by one point, 23-22. But, the Wildcats went on a 22-point run in the third quarter that helped them stay ahead for the remainder.
The two teams kept it to a tight 13-12 in the first quarter, with the Cards up by a point.
Early in the second quarter, the lead was traded back and forth. Then, the Cards started to pull away 20-16.
With 3:25 left in the second, East Surry’s point guard Scott Meredith hit his head on the court in a battle for the ball and the game was stopped for several minutes.
Meredith was escorted off the court by West Stokes’ health teacher Emily Southern, who checked him out and said that it did not appear that he had suffered a concussion. Still, Meredith was not allowed to play for the rest of the evening. Just days earlier, on Feb. 1, Meredith had the game-winning 3-pointer that helped the team nip the Sauras 50-49.
Wildcat Zach Hartle, freshly recovered from a foot injury, drove in for a layup near the end of the second and cut the deficit to one point. Then, in the final seconds before the half, Reid Goodson fired off a jumper, which brought the team ahead 23-22.
At the beginning of the third quarter, the Wildcats were only up by a point. But, they soon exploded and put over 20 points on the board with the combined efforts of Grayson Cobb, Josh Spainhour, Goodson and Alston Furr. Hartle rounded out the third with a 3-pointer.
“We made a nice run,” Wildcats Coach Dan Spainhour said.
In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats practically shutout the Cards, keeping them to only three points in the quarter. The Wildcats went on to grab the win for the evening 61-30.
“I thought we played much better in the second half,” Spainhour said. “Our ball movement was much better.”
Spainhour said it was good to finally have Hartle back in the game.
Hartle said it felt good just being out on the court again.
“Just being out there was great,” he said. “Being away makes you appreciate it more.”
The Wildcats are now on a five-game winning streak. With their win against the Cards, the Wildcats are No. 2 in the conference with a record of 11-1.
The Lady Cards handed the Wildcats a tough loss on Monday night on their home court. Despite an early lead in the first quarter, the Wildcats struggled for the remainder, as the Cards pulled away with a 54-30 win for the evening.
In the first quarter, the Wildcats jumped out a grabbed a 7-3 lead after a big three from Abby Harris, two free throws by Makala Bozman and a bankshot by Chris Madigan. But, Lady Card Sydney Mosley hit a 3-pointer to round out the quarter and cut the Wildcat lead to one point.
Early in the second quarter, Lady Card Keri Fulp made a layup and was fouled in the process. After sinking her free throws, East Surry was in the lead 10-8.
Fulp continued to hit key free throws throughout the second that helped keep the Lady Cards ahead. By the end of the quarter, the team was in the lead 24-17.
The Wildcats opened up the third quarter down by seven points. A few big plays could have brought the team ahead, but the Cards continued to win the ball and bring it down the court to chalk up points.
By the final quarter, the Cards were in control with a 20-point lead and sailed away with a 54-30 win for the evening.
After their loss to the Cards, the Lady Wildcats are now 3-9 in the conference.
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