It was a long time coming.
After giving up some close games in the early part of the season, North Stokes’ varsity boys team grabbed its first conference win of the season in a game against Mount Airy on Jan. 29.
The Vikings squeaked by with a 63-61 win over the Bears with some cool shooting on the free-throw line in the final quarter.
“It was a great feeling to get that win,” Vikings Coach David Anderson said. “Our kids continue to battle each and every night. That says a lot about our kids here at North Stokes.”
Bowen Ammons “stepped up” and grabbed a double-double in the game, Anderson said. He had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game.
The Vikings hit their home court full steam and posted up 18 points in the first quarter. The team outscored the Bears again in the second quarter by grabbing another 17 points.
By halftime, the Vikings were up by five (35-30).
Mount Airy outscored North Stokes in the final two quarters (16-15, 15-13), but it wasn’t enough to come ahead for the evening.
The Vikings were able to keep their lead in the final quarter on free throws. Jackson Moorefield and Matt Hopkins combined 8-10 on the free-throw line to defend the lead.
North Stokes’ varsity boys followed up with another conference win on Friday evening, defeating North Surry 58-52. The Vikings are now 2-11 in the conference.
The Lady Vikings are still searching for their first conference win this season after a 71-48 loss to the Mount Airy Bears on Jan. 29.
The Bears’ defense limited the Lady Vikings’ scoring in the first quarter to six points. By the end of the first quarter, the Bears were up by six points.
In the second quarter, the Bears outscored them 19-11.
By halftime, the Bears were in the lead 31-17.
The two teams evened out in scoring 15-15 in the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 46-32.
The Bears exploded in the final quarter and posted up 25 points to round out the game with a 23-point lead. The final score was 71-48.
“We showed some good effort,” Lady Vikings Coach Mitch Reeves said. “But, Mount Airy really hurt us with their aggressiveness on the boards.”
Reeves said that his girls are going to give a “100 percent” the rest of the season.
“That’s all I can ask of them,” he said.
The Lady Vikings did not have any better luck last Friday night, either. After being completely shut out in the first quarter and struggling through the night, the team lost its home game against North Surry 51-18.