South Stokes opened their 2017-18 basketball season with victories over McMichael and West Wilkes. On November 17, senior Ben Bowen scored 24 points and 16 rebounds in a 77-56 victory over the Phoenix and then on Wednesday he added 23 points and eight rebounds against the Blackhawks in an 83-34 landslide win.
“I think we’re playing well considering we have some players that transferred in and new pieces coming from the JV team,” said Saura coach Jason Clark. “We still have plenty to work on and sharpen up. We need to play better defense on the ball and get better at running kids off of the three-point line and not give up open looks.”
South Stokes led the Phoenix 17-11 after the first quarter of play and 36-21 at halftime behind Bowen’s 13 points.
The Sauras exploded in the second half with 41 points, and the Phoenix kept the pace putting up 35 before their momentum lapsed.
“Our team is playing well together and they understand our strengths at this point, but this is early in the season and we have a long way to go,” Clark said.
Bowen led with 24 points against McMichael, Dudley added 16, Tyliq Hairston 15, and PJ Samuels 10.
Against West Wilkes, South opened up a 29-10 lead after the first quarter of play behind senior Brady Dudley’s 13 points.
In the second period, Dudley drained another 13 points and Bowen followed with seven for a 53-19 lead at the half.
Bowen led the Sauras with 10 points in the third quarter and the team outscored the Blackhawks 30-16 in the second half.
Against West Wilkes Dudley added 26, Bowen 23, Hairston 12, and Daniel Fulk 10.
Lady Sauras overcome Phoenix, lose to Blackhawks
The Lady Sauras traveled to McMichael for their season opener and came from behind 15 points in the second half for a 63-59 win.
“It was a good win for us,” said Saura coach Rodney Matthews. “We were down all night and had a lot of good looks offensively, but we just couldn’t get anything to fall early. In the second half, we mixed up our defense forcing McMichael into a lot of outside shots.”
The Phoenix led 12-11 after the first quarter of play, but the Sauras went cold in the second period with only four points. They trailed 25-15 at the half.
McMichael opened up the third period with a 5-0 run forcing Matthews to call a timeout with South down 30-15.
“In the timeout, I told the girls to go full court man-to-man defense and that would get us back in the game,” Matthews said. “We were able to create turnovers and late in the fourth quarter we were finally able to tie the game and then hold them off with free throws.”
The ladies scored 21 points in the third quarter and then followed it up with 27 in the fourth. They were 11-for-16 at the free throw line in the final frame and 30-for-52 in the game.
Shore led the Sauras against McMichael with 21 points, Mallory Tedder added 19 and Tatyana Childress 16.
The Lady Sauras traveled to West Wilkes on Wednesday and lost 55-13 behind poor shooting.
“Going into the game, I was very concerned,” the coach said. “It was a Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and a two hour bus ride. We didn’t practice well on Tuesday and our intensity was down from the start. We missed 21 layups in the game and stayed in foul trouble throughout the night.”
The Blackhawks led 26-3 after one quarter of play and 42-8 at the half.
Against West Wilkes, Childress led the team with seven points and Antoinette France added three.
The Sauras will host county rival West Stokes on Friday. The JV girls will start at 4pm followed by JV Boys, varsity girls, and then varsity boys.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.