West Stokes basketball program held their annual Wildcat Jamboree on Thursday and eight different teams attended, including county rival North Stokes. Both the Wildcats and Vikings won all three of their games and continued improvement throughout the day.
“We got better as the day went on,” said Wildcat coach Dan Spainhour. “I tell my guys that you don’t win in June, you only prepare for the winter. But, I thought all or our guys played well. I like the chemistry we have and I believe we have program guys playing for us. It’ll be fun watching this team develop this year.”
West Stokes lost two seniors and are preparing for another run at a conference championship after finishing a 20-win season last year. In a tough scrimmage schedule during the jamboree, they beat Mount Pleasant, West Forsyth, and Wilkes Central. Spainhour’s team struggled early against Mount Pleasant, but a 13-3 spurt midway through the second half gave the Cats a comfortable double-digit lead and set the tone for the rest of the day.
“We have to continue to move the ball better and make sure everyone is involved,” Spainhour said. “We also have to maintain our consistency, which is pretty normal for this time of the year. We’ll use this week and next week to get better before our summer games end.”
North Stokes continued their successful summer with three more wins. They beat Western Guilford in overtime, defeated Ashe County by 20 points and pulverized rival Patrick County by 31 to remain unbeaten in eight scrimmage contests.
“I thought we played very hard and that’s a plus in the summer when you play so many games back-to-back with not much rest,” said Viking coach David Anderson. “We played two games last night at Surry Central and then three more today. I like our team’s chemistry and how we’re playing together and running the floor.”
Zach Chesnet and Josh McQuinn have played well on both ends of the floor, according to Anderson.
“We’re playing with much more confidence and both are scoring well. Also, Isaac Wood and Ben Chesnet have a year of varsity under their belt and you can tell a difference. Adding Mason Manuel to the mix will contribute to our three-point shooting. He is a great shooter and our guys have been doing a great job of getting him shots. We just need to finish around the basketball and cut down on our fouls.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.