A full slate of holiday basketball tournament and round-robin action tips off Tuesday around the region. Just about every high school team in the area will play at least a couple of holiday games this week.
West Stokes is at it again — this time in basketball. The Wildcats, which played the underdog role in several games on the way to a state championship in football, knocked off a higher seeded opponent in the opening round of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic on Monday afternoon.
Ethan Wilmoth and Zach Wilmoth combined for 47 points, and Surry Central’s boys basketball team earned a 67-53 non-conference win over the reigning champions of the Mountain Valley 1A/2A on Thursday. Zach Wilmoth, a forward, scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked two shots and swiped two steals for the Golden Eagles. Point guard Ethan Wilmoth added 23 points, six assists, five boards and another steal.
North Surry handed the third-ranked Class 3A team in the state its first loss of the season Thursday on the final day of the Kernersville Medical Center Holiday Shootout. Kristina Rumplasch scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping the Greyhounds beat Chapel Hill 52-44. North Surry, which topped 4A Hopewell on Wednesday, kept its unbeaten record intact, improving to 9-0. Chapel Hill, ranked third in Class 3A by MaxPreps.com, dropped to 10-1.
East Wilkes has found its new head football coach. The Cardinals announced Thursday the hiring of JK Adkins to replace Monty Chipman as head of the football program. Adkins has spent the last couple of seasons as an assistant at Salisbury.
Austin Fleming scored 18 points, and Josh Spainhour added 13 more in West Stokes’ 57-38 win over Surry Central on Wednesday night. Surry Central scored eight of the game’s first 10 points, but West Stokes used an 11-0 run later in the first half to seize control. The Wildcats outscored the Golden Eagles 16-4 in the second period and 16-10 coming down the stretch.
North Surry knocked off a 4A opponent on the first day of the Kernersville Medical Center Holiday Shootout, held Wednesday at Northwest Guilford High. Kristina Rumplasch scored 13 points, and Morgan Bunker played solid all-around in the Greyhounds’ 38-35 victory over Hopewell. Bunker scored seven points, dished out four assists and had 11 rebounds.
Chase Gough scored 28 points, and North Surry’s varsity boys basketball team surged past Elkin 68-57 in non-conference action Wednesday night. Gough got all of his production on two-point field goals, hitting four in the opening quarter and six more in the second period. North Surry bounced back into the win column after a tough double-digits loss to West Stokes this past Saturday.
Elkin’s girls basketball team will sail into its Christmas break riding a two-game winning streak.
And the Elks’ two most recent wins were impressive ones at that. Elkin rallied to beat Ashe County by 10 points on Tuesday night. Coach Derek Carter’s team followed that up with a 56-29 triumph over visiting Grayson County (Va.) on Wednesday.
After watching his team lose to East Wilkes by 7 on Friday night, Elkin girls basketball coach Derek Carter alluded to the fact that somebody needed to step up alongside senior Samantha Dimmette in the scoring department. On Tuesday night, that someone was Courtney Beals.
When Paige Love hit a soft putback basket with 2:30 left in the second quarter Tuesday night and then heard the whistle blow, she just figured someone had called a timeout. The Wilkes Central senior guard had no inkling the timeout was for her, a brief stoppage to honor Love for reaching the 1,000-point career scoring plateau.
Wilkes Central won its sixth varsity boys basketball game in a row, cruising past East Wilkes 72-39 on Tuesday night. The Eagles buried the Cardinals quickly, swishing four three-pointers in the opening quarter and building a 23-5 lead. The surge continued in the middle quarters, with Wilkes Central outscoring East 41-20.
Yadkin Valley Sports photographer Eric Lusk captured nearly 200 images from Friday’s East Wilkes-Elkin varsity basketball games. Below are some of his favorites.
Here are standings for boys and girls basketball in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A and Northwest 1A/2A heading into Tuesday night action. Please send any updates or corrections to Eric Lusk, firstname.lastname@example.org or post on our Yadkin Valley Sports Facebook page.
A long-time basketball coach of youth players in Wilkes County will be honored prior to tonight’s East Wilkes at Wilkes Central varsity boys game. Terry Stokes began coaching basketball in the early 1970s at the YMCA in Wilkesboro. He will be honored for his more than four decades of service in the community as well as being a mentor to many at Wilkes Central, including current varsity boys head coach Matt Hagaman (as well as East Wilkes head coach Justin Call).