Mountain Valley Basketball: Weekend roundup


By Ryan DeCosta - [email protected]



East Wilkes freshman guard Ciara Pierce came off the bench and delivered some aggressive play and solid passes. She also showed she could shoot, burying a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Rams 61-21.


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East Wilkes junior Alexis Pardue makes a clean block on a Starmount player during the Cardinals’ 61-21 win Friday night.


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East Wilkes senior Camon Bryan looked much improved attacking the post Friday night in a loss to the Rams. Bryan was the second-highest scorer for the Cardinals on the night with 10 points.


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Starmount’s Brendon Eads puts up a shot in a dominant 72-43 win over East Wilkes Friday night.


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Girls Basketball

East Wilkes 61 – Starmount 21

The Lady Cardinals’ won big Friday night thanks to an offensive frenzy that saw every player come out and put up some points. The ability to distribute the ball well helped greatly as they took down the Starmount Rams 61-21.

Starmount competed with one of the top teams in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, but then junior Alexis Pardue started dominating on the boards picking up big rebounds and putting up 14 points in the first half. As Starmount looked to find a way to stop Pardue, the Cardinals worked an inside-out offense that gave them room to work. The Cardinals (9-6, 7-2 MVAC) rattled home five 3-pointers in the first half, and hit three more in the second.

“No doubt it helps when we’ve got our post players working the ball inside-out everybody’s got to collapse and that gives our outside shooting just that half second more to get that shot off,” East Wilkes Head Coach Matt Campbell said. “Everybody that came in did well.”

Coming off the bench was one freshman which, as the years go by, Cardinals fans might be seeing more of. Undoubtedly the shortest on the floor, Ciara Pierce led the offense with spunk and aggressiveness Campbell said is what the team needs to have.

“She’s got a lot of fight in her, and any coach loves that,” Campbell said. “She’ll get after it defensively, offensively, and she’s coming into her own. It’s been a good learning year for her and all I expect big things in the future for her as much as I do for all of our underclassmen. Depth has been a blessing. It’s a great time to be me.”

Starmount (3-15, 2-7 MVAC) can look back at some of the mistakes it made and learn from them. Its shot selection was not good Friday night, and the Lady Rams also made some risky passes which led to turnovers. One of the toughest things for the team so far has been making stops after not coming away with a basket. As they kept giving the ball back to the Cardinals, the Rams allowed an 11-0 run to start the second quarter. If they’re to win more games down the stretch, Starmount Head Coach Jeffrey Hague said the team needs to be stout on defense.

“If we’re not playing on the defensive end, then we’re not making shots on the other end, the results are going to be what we got tonight,” Hague said. “If we can keep it a low scoring game then I think we have a chance.”

Elkin 53 – Alleghany 29

Junior Kylie Thomas led the scoring with 26 as the Lady Elks took down the Trojans 53-29 Friday night at home.

The Lady Elks (18-1, 9-1 MVAC) jumped out to a 10-0 lead early, and led 24-12 at the half.

Forbush 63 – West Stokes 18

Boys Basketball

Starmount 72 – East Wilkes 43

BOONVILLE — Makeup weeks are seldom fun, but Starmount made it look that way as the Rams picked up their eighth straight win Friday night in dominant fashion.

The Rams (10-8, 8-1 MVAC) stomped the Cardinals early and never let off the gas, defeating East Wilkes 72-43. The Rams jumped out to a 16-0 lead and worked to make sure that lead kept expanding the rest of the way. Seven different Rams contributed to the score in the first quarter, with Kyler Gregory leading with six. The senior had yet another double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, as he inches closer to the 1,000-point mark in his career. What was most impressive wasn’t Gregory’s stats, but rather the distribution which continued through the end of the game, which Horton was very pleased with and wanted out of them right out of the locker room.

“We talked about having the right attitude, because East Wilkes is a good team. We wanted to come out with intensity, put defensive pressure on them, that I didn’t think we did as well the first time,” Starmount Head Coach Rocky Horton said. “I think tonight’s as good as we’ve played all year.”

Despite winning its past eight games, Starmount has three road games in four days ahead of it. They’ve accomplished a few things so far this season and lead the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference standings.

“If you get a big head, you’re just going to get bit in the butt. You have to respect anyone in our conference because anybody can beat anybody, any night,” Horton said.

No coach likes excuses, with East Wilkes’ Brad Davis not being an exception. However, he knew the night would be a challenge as the Cardinals (5-12, 3-7 MVAC) were getting ready for their third game in as many days.

“I thought coming in, we felt good about where we’re at, and I told them tonight [after the game], the first thing I told them was ‘I’ve got great news,’” Davis said. “‘The great news is that’s not who we are.’ We’ve got to get back to what we’ve been doing successfully.”

Alleghany 54 – Elkin 28

West Stokes 71 – Forbush 65

Forbush rallied back from seven down in the third quarter, taking a 62-61 lead in the fourth. However, West Stokes closed out on a 10-4 run to grab the win.

The week ahead (All games have both girls and boys competing)

Team 2/1/16 2/2/16 2/3/16 2/4/16 2/5/16 2/6/16
Elkin OFF @ North Wilkes OFF OFF @ Ashe County OFF
Starmount OFF @West Wilkes @Ashe County OFF @ Wilkes Central OFF
East Wilkes vs. North Stokes @Ashe County OFF OFF Alleghany Surry Central at 6PM
Forbush OFF vs. Carver OFF vs. South Stokes @ Surry Central OFF

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

East Wilkes freshman guard Ciara Pierce came off the bench and delivered some aggressive play and solid passes. She also showed she could shoot, burying a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Rams 61-21.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1163.jpgEast Wilkes freshman guard Ciara Pierce came off the bench and delivered some aggressive play and solid passes. She also showed she could shoot, burying a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Rams 61-21. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

East Wilkes junior Alexis Pardue makes a clean block on a Starmount player during the Cardinals’ 61-21 win Friday night.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1150.jpgEast Wilkes junior Alexis Pardue makes a clean block on a Starmount player during the Cardinals’ 61-21 win Friday night. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

East Wilkes senior Camon Bryan looked much improved attacking the post Friday night in a loss to the Rams. Bryan was the second-highest scorer for the Cardinals on the night with 10 points.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1242.jpgEast Wilkes senior Camon Bryan looked much improved attacking the post Friday night in a loss to the Rams. Bryan was the second-highest scorer for the Cardinals on the night with 10 points. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

Starmount’s Brendon Eads puts up a shot in a dominant 72-43 win over East Wilkes Friday night.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1230.jpgStarmount’s Brendon Eads puts up a shot in a dominant 72-43 win over East Wilkes Friday night. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

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