Wildcats plow through Vikings
by Erik Spencer Hill
For the second time in a season, West Stokes and North Stokes varsity teams faced off on the court, this time at West Stokes High School on Feb. 5. And for the second time in a season, the Wildcats triumphed over the Viking ranks.
The Wildcat varsity boys team came out strong and did not let up until they handed the Vikings a 68-38 loss on the road.
In the opening minutes of the game, Wildcat Alston Furr tipped the ball in and nailed a big three from behind the arc to start the game off with a 5-0 lead. Reid Goodson followed up with a jump shot to bring the score to 7-0, just two minutes into the game.
Viking Dustin Smith broke through a crowded semicircle to post a layup, which brought the score to 7-2. Matt Hopkins grabbed a jumper moments later.
By the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats were already up 13 points (21-8).
North Stokes’ Matt McHone put up two at the beginning of the second quarter. But, the Viking offense had trouble breaking through in the quarter and only managed to grab five points.
The Wildcats sailed to a 36-13 lead by halftime.
“I thought our execution in the first half was some of the best I’ve seen all year,” Wildcat Coach Dan Spainhour said.
In the third quarter, the Wildcats were in command of a 23-point lead.
Viking Dakota Young played big in the opening minutes of the third. He came out and hit a jumper and then followed up with two 3-pointers moments later, which brought the score to 44-21.
Wildcats Furr and Zach Hartle both closed out the third quarter with a 3-pointer, which brought the score to 56-26.
The Vikings played stronger in the fourth quarter as they tried to shrink their 30-point deficit. Hopkins and Garrett Wood each had a 3-pointer near the beginning of the fourth.
The two teams were tied for scoring 12-12 in the final quarter. The Wildcats ended the game with a 68-38 win for the evening.
Hopkins led the Vikings with 16 points in the game. Josh Spainhour and Furr lead the Wildcats with 16 points each.
The Lady Wildcats and the Vikings kept it to a close 8-7 in the first quarter, with the Wildcats in the lead by one point.
Lady Viking Summer Harris made a bank shot at the beginning of the second quarter, which helped to push the team ahead by one point. Hannah McBride stole the ball and attempted a layup and was fouled. McBride sank a free throw, which brought the score to 13-8.
Near the end of the second, Cassie Palmer drained a 3-pointer to shrink the Wildcat deficit to 13-12. Abigail Worley took the stripe and sank a free throw to tie the game up 13-13.
West Stokes started to rise in the third quarter. The Wildcats opened up with a 3-pointer and then coasted to a 24-14 lead by the end of the quarter.
The Lady Wildcats took their 10-point lead in the third and turned it into a 20-point lead by the end of the final quarter. Abby Harris had a fast break layup to help close out the game with a 38-18 win over the Vikings.
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