West Stokes put up a valiant effort when they opened their season against West Forsyth, the fifth ranked team in 4A, on Tuesday evening. The Wildcats led by 10 points in the second quarter before losing to the Titans 65-57.
“I thought our kids played hard and were tough,” said Wildcat coach Dan Spainhour. “I thought we could have won the game, but we missed some easy layups and open looks at the basket down the stretch. I was really happy with our defensive effort against an athletic West Forsyth team. I believe we’re going to be alright.”
The Wildcats opened the game with Isaac Spainhour nailing two three-pointers for a 6-0 lead. Elan Muniz came off the bench and followed suit putting West ahead 14-9 with 1:45 left in the quarter.
After Titans’ Maverick Larue cut into the lead, Spainhour drove the lane and hit a layup as time expired giving the home team a 16-12 advantage after one quarter of play.
West Stokes extended their lead in the second quarter on back-to-back three-pointers by Spainhour and the Wildcats held their largest lead of the game at 22-12. Over the next two and half minutes, West Forsyth went on a 9-0 run cutting the margin to one point with 3:28 left before the half. Both teams traded baskets until knotting the score at 29 as they went to the locker room.
“We were able to play physical against them and I believe that was wearing on them a little,” Spainhour said. “We needed to maintain the intensity and continue to come off some ball screens for open looks. We just missed some second half layups and open shots that we made in the first and that was the difference.”
The Titans took at 37-35 lead with 5:08 left in the third frame when Noah Spainhour hit a three-pointer and Isaac Spainhour made a layup for a 40-37 lead. West Forsyth used the next four minutes and rattled off a 13-4 run to take a 50-44 lead into the fourth period.
West Stokes cut the margin to four points on two different occasions, but could never get any closer. The visitors made 8-of-13 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Isaac Spainhour led the Wildcats with 30 points, Noah Spainhour added 19, Muniz six and Kelin Parsons two. Larue led the Titans with 26 points.
Lady Wildcat lose opener to Titans
The Lady Wildcats were overwhelmed by West Forsyth on Tuesday and fell 74-27 in their season opener.
“I thought we competed hard,” said first year coach Dillon Bobbitt. “We knew what we were getting into with them. They just won three games in the Mary Garber Classic and are a pretty tough and athletic team. We just need to keep playing and have fun. If you have fun, the wins will start coming.”
The Lady Cats started two freshmen and were competitive with the 4A school in the opening minutes, until West Forsyth warmed up and reeled off a 15-2 run to close the first quarter 24-10.
West Forsyth continued to attack the basket and get second chance points. Six different players scored in the quarter leading the team to a 41-18 advantage moving into halftime.
The Titans put the game out of reach in the third quarter when they added on 27 points.
Rachel Delcamp led West Stokes with 11 points, Eugenia Marcelli chipped in seven and Torie Allen added four.
West Stokes will travel to county rival South Stokes on Friday in Walnut Cove. The JV girls will kickoff of the four game set starting at 4pm.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.