West eases past South

West Davidson was an overwhelming favorite to beat South Davidson’s all-underclassmen team and there probably wouldn’t have been anything coach Derrick Stokes could have said to convince his team it might go the other way.

Things went true to form as Zach Queen scored 20 points and the Green Dragons coasted to a 70-35 win.

That was expected, Stokes knew that and decided to use the game as a teaching mechanism with everyone getting to play.

“We’ve got to play four quarters and get better at the Xs and Os of basketball,” Stokes said. “That’s what we want to do. You can do that against any opponent. Our focus wasn’t on the score or our opponent. It was on ourselves.”

Tyler Grooms had 13 points and Austin Teague 11 for the Dragons, who improved to 6-10.

It was effectively over in the first quarter as West opened with a 13-0 run and led 16-2 at the end of the period. The Dragons did get plenty of chances to hone attacking zone defenses, which the undermanned Wildcats tried to rely on.

“The last time we played them they didn’t shoot the ball all that well so we tried to see what we could do with the zone,” said South coach Matt Belk. “We just couldn’t get anything going on offense and they came out shooting the lights out.”

Andrew Collins led South (1-14) with seven points.

West visits East Davidson on Friday and South goes to North Moore.

Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or mike.duprez@the-dispatch.com.