What's Happening in the Triad

1. The Phoenix of WS Prep made History

Last week the prestigious Ws Prep hoops program earned the one championship that has always seemed to elude the program.
The Frank Spencer Holiday Classic is one of the longest running Christmas tournaments in the state; the Phoenix have claimed multiple state titles, dominated their conference, and continue to filter talent into all levels of the collegiate ranks. Coach Gould has a hall of fame level resume but there was one feather missing from the cap until now after the final buzzer sounded in the Lawrence Joel Coliseum history was rewritten.
Ws Prep defeated a pesky East Forsyth squad 65-47 in front of an ignited crowd and it capped off a dominant title run. The Phoenix won all three of their contests by double digits and had three players earn tournament honors. ETSU commit Davien Williamson was crowned tournament MVP, 2019's Chaz Gwyn and Zack Austin earned all-tournament team honors for their play.
Next, this group has their sights set on a state title and if everyone is locked in the Phoenix will be a force come postseason.

2. Westridge Academy made National headlines in Ladies Hoops

Previously slotted in at 18th in the USA Today polls the Golden Knights upset Hamilton Heights (TN), coming in HHCA was ranked number one in ESPN's top 25 poll.
Coach Delaney Rudd's squad was on a five-game win streak coming in and at (12-1), on the year they've been battle-tested by some of the nations best. They came into the contest confident and played their game.
The Knights shot the ball from deep extremely well and outscored their opponents 33-9 from beyond the arc. The result was a 63-59 win, in the Title IX Classic. The Golden Knights were led by the backcourt duo of 2019 guards Jordan Tuff and Kirsten Deans.
Tuff did damage from deep, she nailed six three-pointers in the contest and totaled 22 pts. KK Deans led all scorers with 28 pts, she's been the floor general for this group and continues to balance scoring along with playmaking duties.

This is the type of win that carries momentum through the rest of the season, Westridge should see a spike in their poll position nationally but they remain second in the state behind Southeast Raleigh (13-0, 2-0).

3. Greensboro Day takes Seventh straight HAECO Title

Six days removed from their trip to the Iolani Prep Classic the Bengals laced up for the HAECO invitational and dominated the field.
GDS won all three of their contest by well over twenty points and had three seniors earn honors. Clemson commit John Newman was named the tournaments MVP after lighting up the Greensboro Coliseum for three straight nights. Tripp Greene and Georgia Southern commit Will Dillard earned all-tournament honors, both guards shot the ball well and caused havoc on the defensive end.
Coach Freddy Johnson has already racked up a handful of accolades through December including his 1,000th win, this group is well coached and extremely talented. They are a deep group and everyone truly understands their roles, they've added some new faces and still haven't skipped a beat. Role players like Michael Fowler, Carson McCorkle, and Austin Inge have all contributed productive minutes for GDS.
With all steam ahead the Bengals look like a candidate for the Dicks Invitational and may have a chance at a potential National Title run.

4. Jalen Cone scored 107 points in three games

2020 5'11 point guard Jalen Cone is having a BREAKOUT sophomore campaign and some high major programs have taken notice.
On the year Cone is averaging about 30 ppg and he's made the Wolfpack fun to watch this season. Last week during the prestigious Frank Spencer Holiday Classic, Cone broke the three- day scoring record with a 38 point performance against North Surry (NC). Cone is an explosive athlete that draws comparisons to Dallas Mavs star rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Offensively he's a walking bucket; Cone has put mad work in on the jumper and his explosiveness at the rim, Cone is liable to put his man on a poster at any moment, and when he's hot from deep prepare for a long night.
Kentucky has already had Cone on campus, all four NC ACC schools will be in on the action sooner than later. The Winston- Salem product has made it obvious 'He got next.'