First Posted: 2/12/2009
WALNUT COVE Mount Airy had to fight back, then hold off South Stokes last night, defeating the Sauras 65-62 in dramatic fashion.
South Stokes took control in the first half, jumping out to a 16-9 first quarter lead and stretching their advantage by outscoring the Granite Bears 19-12 in the second quarter for a 35-21 halftime lead.
The Bears fought back hard after the half, outscoring the Sauras 19-10 in the third.
The fourth quarter belonged to Mount Airy, with Justin Collier scoring nine of his 13 points in the final period, also going 5 of 5 from the free throw line and hitting the go ahead shot for the Bears.
South Stokes had a chance the tie the game with 3 seconds remaining, but turned the ball over with .7 seconds remaining.
Mount Airy was unable to get the ball inbound after the inbound pass hit the rafters and turned the ball back over to South. The Sauras could not convert and Mount Airy escaped with the 65-62 win.
Wade Moody, Collier and Robbie Rives all finished with 13 points for Mount Airy, with Cole Greene leading the Sauras with 18 points.
In girls action, Mount Airy had little trouble with South Stokes, taking a early three point lead and spreading it out as the game went along to the 77-56 win.
Mount Airy coach Howard Mayo said he was pleased with his teams ability to take care of business down the stretch.
I really liked the way we finished the ball game and what I mean by that in the end of the third going into the fourth, I thought we did a good job of stretching our lead out, Mayo said.
The Bears had five players in double figures, led by Maggie McKee with 16 points.
Mayo said having that many scoring options is something he thinks makes the Bears a unique squad.
If you want to try to take one person out the game thats OK, weve got others that can step up and score for us, Mayo said. I think that creates so much flexibility for us. When you have five in double figures that is a good thing.
The Lady Bears will take on South Stokes again tomorrow night at home in the first round of the Northwest 1-A Conference tournament. The Bear boys will face East Wilkes following the girls game.
Mount Airy girls 77,
South Stokes 56
Mount Airy 17 19 20 21 – 77
South Stokes 14 9 13 18 – 56
MOUNT AIRY – Jordan Hiatt 15, Taylor Hiatt 13, Leonard 9, Webster 8,
Case 15, Maggie McKee 16, D. Williams 1
SOUTH STOKES – Berry 5, Mitchell 7, Baker 3, Joyner 4, Quayshaunna Vernon 17, Jodie Lemons 17, Shelton 3
Mount Airy boys 65,
South Stokes 62
Mount Airy 9 12 19 25 — 65
South Stokes 16 19 10 17 — 62
MOUNT AIRY – Wade Moody 13, Dillon Bobbitt 2, Torrance Hamilton 9, E.J. Valentine 10, Andrew Pelfrey 5, Robbie Rives 13, Justin Collier 13
SOUTH STOKES – Brian Mays 12, Chris Hairston 5, Cole Greene 18, Austin Kates 2, Jonathan Jones 4, Cedric Price 13, Nick Adams 8