South Stokes’ varsity teams ended the regular season on a high note with wins against North Stokes on Friday night.
The Sauras posted up several points early in the game and grabbed a 15-point lead by the end of the first half. In the second half, the Sauras sailed to a 74-52 win over the Vikings.
Brandon Smith led the Sauras in scoring for the evening with 12 points. Matt Hopkins led the Vikings with 15 points.
“It’s been a long time since I have been this proud of a group of individuals,” Sauras Coach Jason Clark said. “I’ll remember this team for a long time.”
The Sauras had a third place ranking in the conference as they headed into tournament play.
In the first quarter of Friday night’s game, the Sauras posted up quickly and grabbed an early lead. Colby Page broke through a crowded semicircle for a layup. Austin Price followed up with two fastbreak layups to help bring the Sauras to a 14-1 score with two minutes left in the quarter.
In the final minutes of the first quarter, Vikings Justin Gravely and Hopkins each drained a 3-pointer to help shrink the team’s deficit to 16-7.
Saura El-J Scales opened up the second quarter with a big three. Jacquan Martin followed up with two threes of his own, which brought the Sauras to 29-15.
Vikings Gravely and Hopkins each hit another 3-pointer to round out the second quarter.
After halftime, the Sauras were in command of the game with a 15-point lead.
The Vikings shrank their deficit to 11 points to open up the quarter, but the Sauras fought to stay ahead. South Stokes’ Scales drained another three to close the third with a score of 59-40.
In the final quarter the Sauras sailed to a 74-52 victory over the Vikings to end their regular season.
The Lady Sauras grabbed the lead early in the game and did not stop until they had a 59-45 win on Friday evening.
Lady Sauras Kelli Mounce and Hannah Wood led the team in scoring for the evening with 23 and 17 points. Wood got most of her points in the second quarter, when she caught fire and hit five 3-pointers to help put the Sauras ahead 37-16.
Heather Nall and Alexa Moorefield led the Lady Vikings in scoring with 13 and 11 points.
After losing several games in recent weeks, Lady Sauras Coach Mitch Adams said that it was good to win again.
“It’s nice to be back in the win column,” he said.
In the first quarter, the Lady Sauras opened up with a 4-0 lead after a layup from Shay Hampton and two free throws by Michala Purdue.
Lady Vikings Karleigh Marshall and Alexa Moorefield both put one in the basket, which brought the score to 6-5, with the team trailing by one point.
But, the Lady Sauras stayed ahead in the first with a late quarter 3-pointer by Mounce and fast-break layup by Samantha Hill. The team was up by double, 14-7.
After the slow opening minutes of the second quarter, Wood sank a 3-pointer in the basket to bring the score to 17-7. She then caught fire and followed up with four more treys in the quarter, which helped push the team’s lead to 40-18.
By the third quarter, the Sauras were up by 22 points.
The Lady Vikings posted up more points in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to jump ahead. Moorefield, Hannah McBride and Summer Harris all played strong.
In the final quarter, the Lady Sauras coasted to a 59-45 win over the Vikings.