West Stokes punched their ticket to the third round of the state playoffs, a feat that hasn’t been done since the 2012-13 basketball season, on Thursday evening after defeating T.W. Andrews of High Point 64-45 at home.
Wildcat coach Dan Spainhour said he was pleased with how his team played.
“We were pretty good defensively the whole night except when they threw in a couple of three-pointers.”
West spurted to a 22-3 lead after one quarter by making five baskets from behind the arch with three coming from sophomore Elan Muniz.
The Red Raiders played better to start the second stanza by reeling off a 10-2 run to close the gap 24-13 with 3:34 left before the half.
“We had a little stretch where the pressure got us, but we are still working our way through that,” the coach said. “When the pressure comes as a surprise, sometimes we get surprised, so that’s the reason we had the timeouts to settle our guys down.”
After a quick word from his coach, senior Noah Spainhour made back-to-back buckets and brother Isaac helped extend his team’s lead. Andrews’ Jenovah McKiver hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 31-16 Wildcat halftime advantage.
The Wildcats made another strong push in the third quarter and led 43-24. The Red Raiders responded by hitting three buckets from behind the three-point line. West Stokes junior Tyler Smith sunk a basket with eight seconds left in the period to give the Cats a 53-35 lead moving into the fourth.
Andrews cut the score to 14 points with six minutes left in the contest, but Muniz and Isaac Spainhour closed the game by hitting consecutive three-pointers and the Wildcats controlled the ball until the end.
Isaac Spainhour led the Wildcats with 24 points and Muniz chipped in 20. Noah Spainhour was two rebounds away from a triple double with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. McKiver added 12 points for the Red Raiders.
On Saturday, the Wildcats traveled to number two seed Forest Hill and lost 64-48 to end the season. West Stokes finished 20-8 overall and as Western Piedmont Athletic 2A Conference champions with an 11-1 record.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.