RONDA — McKenzie Stokes and ShaNisha White each scored 16 points as host East Wilkes breezed past Wilkes Central, 66-38, in a Mountain Valley game Monday night.
Stokes scored 14 of her points in the first half while White scored 11 of hers in the second half.
East Wilkes coach Matt Campbell said he was looking for his team to come up with 35 or more rebounds and 28 or more deflections Monday night. He said if his team didn’t reach those numbers, they were close.
The game began sloppy with both teams turning the ball over and the Eagles missing several open shots. The Cardinals opened up leads of 9-2 and 11-3 early before the Eagles cut it to 11-7 with 53 seconds left in the first quarter. Jada McCrimmon, who finished with seven points, triggered a 14-0 Cardinal run with a 3 before the quarter ended.
Stokes scored the next seven points during the run. With 4:36 to play in the second quarter, the Cardinals led 25-7 and were never seriously threatened again.
Campbell said he was OK with the sloppiness and even the turnovers. “They’re comfortable with each other in that environment,” he said of the running game his team played Monday night. “I told the girls early on that I’m OK with the turnovers if you make it up on the other end.
“I liked the tempo. As a coach you live and die with it.”
With his team up 34-12 at the half, Campbell said he told his team to “be ready.” The Eagles outscored the Cardinals 12-7 over the first four minutes of the third quarter, cutting the East Wilkes lead to 17.
“Coach (Scott) Waugh does a phenomenal job,” Campbell said of the Wilkes Central coach. “His kids will battle for him.”
But McCrimmon found Kennedy Lester (eight points) inside — once on the right side of the basket and once on the left side of the basket — for four quick points as the Cardinals stretched their lead back to 21. If secondary assists were given in basketball, White would have picked them up on both plays.
Their biggest lead was 64-35 with 3:32 to play. Diamond Hayes put an exclamation point on the game for the Cardinals when she threw up a shot that beat the final buzzer.
“I’m exceptionally proud of this group,” Campbell said. “They have a hard-working mentality.”
The Cardinals were at Elkin Tuesday night, but results were not in by press time, and are scheduled for North Wilkes Friday night.
Wilkes Central (10-12, 4-8): Taylor Mastin 2-0-5, Kamre Gibbs 2-2-6, Maegan McUmber 3-0-7, Brooke Bentley 2-0-4, Amber Godfrey 1-0-2, Laken Blackburn 2-1-5, Hannah Williams 1-0-2, Kailey McNeil 2-0-4, Caitlyn Kilby 0-3-3. Totals: 15-FG 6-15 38.
East Wilkes (11-9, 7-4): Olivia Bullard 2-2-6, Lakyn Sparks 4-0-9, McKenzie Stokes 6-3-16, ShaNisha White 6-4-16, Chelsea Edwards 1-0-2, Kennedy Lester 3-2-8, Jada McCrimmon 2-1-7, Diamond Hayes 1-0-2. Totals: 25-FG 12-22 66.
WC 7 5 19 7 – 38
EW 14 20 20 12 – 66
3-Pt. FG: WC 2 (Mastin, McUmber); EW 4 (McCrimmon 2, Sparks, Stokes). Total Fouls: WC 20, EW 17. Fouled Out: None. Technicals: None. Officials: Wade, Maready, Crest.