DANBURY – North Stokes guard Matt Hopkins made the most of his Senior Night with 35 points in a big win over Surry Central 75-53.
Until last week, the Vikings were winless in the Northwest Conference. However, after starting 0-11, the Vikings have beaten Mount Airy, North Surry and Central in the past four games.
Hopkins hit two three-pointers in the first quarter as North Stokes jumped out 18-5. The lead grew to 38-17 as the senior outscored the Golden Eagles by himself 18-17.
“We knew he was their best option, but we had a hard time keeping up with him,” said Central assistant coach Jeff Edmonds. “He works hard. He’s relentless, he’s been relentless for three years up there.”
Early in the third quarter, the lead grew to 24 or 25 points. Then the Eagles got back into the game with full-court, man-to-man pressure.
Hopkins was held scoreless as the Eagles closed to within six points in the final minute of the period.
Edmonds said Central had the ball in transition, but didn’t convert. Then the Eagles were hit with a technical.
Hopkins hit both free throws for an eight-point lead.
In the fourth quarter, the lead shot back up to about 25 points.
Hopkins went 8-8 at the foul line in the fourth, a perfect 15-15 for the game. He also had four three-pointers.
Surry Central will have its Senior Night Tuesday against South Stokes.