First Posted: 1/20/2009
DANBURY One quarter made all the difference for the Mount Airy Granite Bears last night, as they defeated Northwest 1-A Conference foe North Stokes on their home court, 65-51.
The Bears outscored the Vikings 25-7 in the all-important third quarter, hitting on 8 of 10 third quarter possessions and putting together a 16-1 run that all but took the game out of North Stokes reach.
Things were much closer in the early goings Tuesday, with Mount Airy holding to a five point lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bears Drew Joyce hit two three pointers during the first, his only points of the game, to give his team the early lead.
North Stokes would not go away however, staying close with Mount Airy in the second quarter, with the Bears heading into the locker room up just two points at 26-24.
The third quarter belonged to Mount Airy, with the Bears turning up the defensive pressure and putting the Vikings off kilter.
Mount Airys Justin Collier picked up 9 of his 15 points in the third, with the full court pressure allowing for Collier and company to fly all over the court.
North Stokes did not help their cause by committing six turnovers in the quarter to give the game over to the Bears.
The Vikings made a small run in the fourth, pulling to within 10 points, but it was too little, too late, with Mount Airy taking the victory going away, 65-51.
Senior Robbie Rives led Mount Airy with 16 points in the win, followed by Colliers 15 points and Dillon Bobbitt with 11 points.
The Bears did a good job of shutting down Norths dynamic duo of Adam Carter and Dylan Hall, who carry the bulk of the Vikings scoring responsibilities.
Carter finished with 16 points to lead North Stokes, followed by Hall with 13 points.
The win improves the Bears record to 13-2 overall and 6-1 in the Northwest 1-A Conference heading to Fridays home match up with.
The Bears will have little time to rest following the Elkin game, as Mount Airy will travel to future conference opponent Winston-Salem Prep on Saturday.
Webster leads Mount Airy to victory over Vikings
In girls action, Brittany Webster exploded for a game-high 16 points in Mount Airys road victory against North Stokes Tuesday night in a Northwest 1-A Conference basketball matchup.
Taylor Hiatt added 14 points for the Granite Bears, now 11-4 overall and 5-3 in conference. The Granite Bears built a 22-8 lead after one quarter en route to a 37-17 halftime lead.
I thought Brittany Webster came out and played one of her best basketball games of the season, Mount Airy coach Howard Mayo said. She did an excellent job creating ball pressure. She had four steals to go along with her 16 points.
Taylor Hiatt had six steals to go along with her 14 points, he added.
Mayo said the early pressure his team put on the Vikings was the key.
I thought we did a nice job of coming out and establishing pressure, Mayo said. They had 18 first half turnovers, and that led to our 37-17 lead at halftime.
Leading North Stokes (4-12 overall, 0-9 in conference), Kendra Hopkins scored a team-high seven points.
Mount Airy hosts Northwest 1-A Conference opponent Elkin Friday.
MOUNT AIRY 65,
NORTH STOKES 51
Mount Airy 14 12 25 14 65
North Stokes 9 15 7 20 51
MOUNT AIRY Robbie Rives 16, Justin Collier 15, Dillon Bobbitt 13, Hamilton 9, Joyce 6, Moody 6
NORTH STOKES Adam Carter 16, Dylan Hall 13, Bowman 12, France 3, Hargrave 2, A. Tucker 2, Llewelyn 1
MOUNT AIRY 57,
NORTH STOKES 36
Mount Airy 22 15 7 13 57
North Stokes 8 9 8 11 36
MOUNT AIRY Taylor Hiatt 14, Leonard 7, Brittany Webster 16, Case 4, Hargrave 1, S. Williams 2, McKee 9, D. Williams 4
NORTH STOKES Warden 5, Nickelson 4, Mabe 4, Hopkins 7, Clary 4, Hole 6, Bullins 6