WINSTON-SALEM — Coach Jason Anderson of East Surry said his head was spinning as he watched Winston-Salem Prep’s first-half shooting performance on Friday night.
The two-time defending state champions sank 12 3-pointers, nine in the first half, on the way to a 71-55 win over the Cardinals in a sectional final game.
Prep (23-4) advanced to the regional semifinals and will play Albemarle. East finished its season 23-7.
“When they see red, they light it up,” said Anderson, referencing his team’s school color. “Red doesn’t mean stop for them. It means go. If there’s a 1A team out there who can beat them, I’d like to see it.”
Aaron Lipscomb hit five 3-pointers and Omar Roseboro had four for the Phoenix, who sank a barrage of long-range shots during a big second-quarter run. Prep came into the game shooting 47 percent on threes.
East trailed just 17-16 after two free throws from Seth Brim before Prep caught fire from deep. Mike Hughes’ 3-pointer capped an 8-0 run to make it 25-16 Prep.
The Phoenix kept it rolling with a 20-10 run to make it 45-26. Hughes, Roseboro and Lipscomb combined for six 3’s in the second quarter. When Prep wasn’t hitting shots from deep, they used their huge size advantage to control the glass.
“I thought our guys fought. They are never going to quit,” Anderson said. “We just couldn’t get shots to go down.”
Hughes and Lipscomb led Prep with 17 points apiece. Carson Long scored 13 points for the Cardinals, who lost four times to Preo.
Coach Andre Gould of Prep said East, which played against his team in last year’s regional final, is always tough.
“That’s a seasoned team,” Gould said. “Playing a team four times is tough. I don’t care who you are. They are tough at what they do. Jason has done a heck of a job with that squad.”
Winston-Salem Prep 71, East Surry 55
East Surry 16 10 14 15 — 55
WS Prep22 23 11 15 — 71
East Surry: Scott Meredith 14, Jacob Bowman 4, Carson Long 13, Tyler Smith 7, Jack Edwards 5, Tra’von Ricketts 2, Garrett Vass 4, Seth Brim 6
WS Prep: Kwa’tre Hollingsworth 5, Mike Hughes 17, Jaland Tate 1, Omar Roseboro 12, Aaron Lipscomb 17, Austin Collins 4, Will Tibbs 4, CJ McClellan 2, Robert Neal 7, Coye Simmons 7, DJ Harrison 2