A very intriguing game to start the season for both programs, it was the outside shooting early on for Holly Springs that got them out to the early lead to start the game but Fuquay-Varina attacked the lane and got to the line, helping them secure a 21-19 lead after one.  Fuquay-Varina continued to play strong and hold their lead throughout the second quarter, expanding their lead to 42-33 at halftime.

Holly Springs came out strong but Fuquay had an answer, as they continued to keep their lead around the 10-point mark early on in the third quarter.  Fuquay led by as many as 13 points late in the third quarter and eventually pushed their lead out to 17 in the fourth. But give it to Holly Springs, as they fought hard and climbed back into the game late, cutting it down to single digits and making it a game late. However, the balanced attack of Sheick Samoura, Mayar Wol, and Darius Briley was too much in the end.  Dante Kiesenhofer did everything he could and was impressive but Fuquay-Varina took home the hard-fought road victory, 81-74.

Sheick Samoura 23 points
Mayar Wol: 17 points
Darius Briley 14 points

Holly Springs:
Dante Kiesenhofer 31 points
Houston Wills 22 points


2021 Dante Kiesenhofer (Holly Springs): Kiesenhofer was extremely impressive, as the 6’9 big really showed his incredible versatility.  He operated from all over the court, showing that he feels incredibly comfortable from outside and knocking down shots, stepping out and attacking the lane off the dribble, or battling down low.  Kiesenhofer has a ton of versatility to his game and a smooth shot, while also still manning the paint on the boards. The mobile big had a very strong opening night.

2023 Houston Wills (Holly Springs): Putting this young man on my list for sure, as he impressed with his range and shot-making ability from three and mid-range while displaying quick, decisive decisions in creating for himself with his dribble. Shifty young guard that is fun to watch operate on the court; great change of speed and direction.

2021 Sheick Samoura (Fuquay-Varina): Samoura is a highly intriguing prospect with his length and size.  He played extremely hard and plays with an aggressive feel, attacking off the dribble well, using his length to finish around defenders, and showcasing good body control.  Highly impressive feel on the court.

2022 Mayar Wol (Fuquay-Varina): Think Wol could be a name to really watch and could start seeing more of an uptick, as he is a 6’8 prospect with a ton of length and is now showing more of his offensive game, something he gave us a glimpse of this summer.  It looks like Wol has really improved his feel and with his ability to knock down shots at his size, it is tough to defend. Watch out for this young man!