KING — North Surry sought vengeance on Friday night, and with help from the Hounds’ offensively dominant third quarter, they were able to even the score on the Wildcats with a 68-63 road victory.
On Jan. 3, West Stokes handed North Surry its first conference loss on the 2016-17 season, by a score of 70-63. It was the second year in a row that the Wildcats had upset the Greyhounds in their own gym, and just like last year, there was no doubt that North wanted payback when the teams faced each other again.
Going in, West Stokes reigned as the top team in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, thanks to its earlier victory. In the statewide rankings done by MaxPreps.com, the Hounds were the state’s fourth-ranked team and the Wildcats were tenth.
“I told the boys that we weren’t going to play to a 70-point game, because in this (West Stokes) building, it doesn’t happen, and that this game tonight was going to be in the 50s and 60s,” said North Surry coach Kevin King. “We have to be able to value every possession. It wasn’t very pretty. They (West Stokes) play a very fundamental and very sound game and hard-nosed game. But, tonight there were two teams who want to play contrasting styles, and two teams with some very talented kids. It was a great game to watch.”
North Surry (16-4, 5-1 WPAC) won the tip off and the game ensued. Thirty seconds into play, Devan Hairston struck first for either squad, and made the first Wildcat score. Kendal Tucker responded found nothing but net, for his first three-point score. Hairston answered with a three, and then Josh Turner got in on the action. He went 1-for-2…
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