First Posted: 12/22/2009
The Mount Airy girls basketball team played the roll of Grinch Tuesday, stealing everything in sight from visiting Martinsville.
The Granite Bears, behind the extremely strong defensive performance and a well-balanced offense, sent little Christmas cheer the Bulldogs way and rolled to a 77-22 win.
Ellie Case and Taylor Hiatt both finished with 19 points and all 11 Mount Airy players found the basket.
On the other side, Martinsville scored just seven first-half points, including a dismal one-point second quarter.
Martinsvilles Marissa Hairston scored more than half of the Bulldogs total points, finishing with 12 for the game.
The closest Martinsville could get was 4-2 Mount Airy in the first two minutes of the first quarter.
Following that two point advantage, the Bears went on a 37-4 tear to finish the half, led by 15 points from Hiatt and 10 from Case.
It was the Mount Airy full court pressure which allowed the surge, as the Bears scored 35 unanswered points and never allowed Martinsville a chance to catch its breath on offense.
Coach Howard Mayos team had a similar outcome against the Bulldogs earlier this season, and Mayo said he thinks intense defensive pressure will be a strength for the Bears the entire season.
I think we can put good ball pressure and can cause people all sorts of problems, Mayo said. Another thing is our depth. When we go to our bench our quality of play remains high and thats huge. Because when people get in foul trouble or get hurt we are able to play through that.
Mayo was obviously confident in his bench against the Bulldogs, as he regularly subbed four and five players at a time.
With each player scoring and racking up decent playing time, Mayo said he thinks games like Tuesdays are a way to give confidence to players who might play important roles down the line.
It will help us because our kids have confidence, Mayo said. If they get out there, they know they are going to be fine, they are going be able to contribute. If all of a sudden they are out there for three minutes they will know they have earned that and that they are able to help us.
Mount Airy was crisp offensively and kept Martinsville on its toes with solid ball movement both in the half court and fast break offenses.
Weve got a lot of kids who have played a lot of basketball and played together, Mayo said. We played a lot together this summer and we continue to work and improve on those things. Just the continuity, with everyone understanding where everyone is and what their strengths are, thats huge and it really helps out your team.
Mount Airy will next play in the North Wilkes holiday tournament along with East Surry and Surry Central.
Mount Airy 77, Martinsville 22
MA 25 21 12 19 77
MV 6 1 12 3 22
Mount Airy Ellie Case 19, Taylor Hiatt 19, J. Hiatt, Leonard 7, D. Williams 7, Webster 6, Simmons 4, France 2, Hamilton 2, D. Jones 2, K.T. Jones 2
Martinsville Marissa Hairston 12, A. Hairston 2, D. Hairston 2, Law 2, Grant 2, Kent 2