Lace up those sneakers: Granite City Classic basketball starts Monday


First Posted: 12/26/2008

It may be the holidays, but Mount Airy and East Surrys boys and girls basketball teams are lacing up their sneakers again this year for the Granite City Classic to be played at Mount Airy Monday and Tuesday.
Mount Airys girls basketball team plays takes on Carroll County on Monday at 7 p.m. and will then face Patrick County Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Mount Airy girls basketball coach Howard Mayo is happy with the way his team, currently 5-2 overall, is playing heading into the Classic.
I think were seeing improvement in our team, Mayo said. We have different people giving us different contributions on different nights, and thats a good thing.
Mayo likes his team having the opportunity to play different competition.
It gives us a chance to compete against good caliber teams, Mayo said of the Classic. Both Patrick and Carroll County are over .500 with their records. This will give us the chance to gauge ourselves versus different competition you dont normally get to see.
Jordan Hiatt currently leads the Lady Granite Bears in scoring. She averages 11 points per game and is currently averaging about five assists per game.
East Surrys girls basketball team tips off the Classic Monday at 4 p.m. with a game against Patrick County. The Lady Cardinals (7-1) follow that up with a matchup against Carroll County Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Guards Kelsey Long and Courtney Simmons lead East Surry in scoring.
In their most recent effort, the Cardinals got 19 points from Long in a 64-33 toppling of NW 1-A Conference foe Alleghany.
East Surry coach Robert Smith said after its game with the Trojans that hes happy with where his team is.
After the Bishop (McGuinness) game, our goal was to get to 7-1 before Christmas break, he said. We knew we had some tough opponents. It was a long week, playing three games in four days. The girls did a great job.
On the boys side at Mount Airy (6-1), Wade Moody has lit up the scoreboard several times this season. Last Saturday, Moody dropped 27 points in the bucket against a tough Cherryville team as the Bears sprinted to an 88-83 win.
For Moody, that came after scoring 29 points against Surry Central and 27 points against North Surry earlier this season.
Mount Airy boys basketball coach Kevin Spainhour was very pleased with his teams most recent win against Cherryville.
They are pushing each other and thats what is so great about us, he said. I think in the first half we played probably 12 guys. That depth is something that we feel like we can continue to grow.
The Granite Bears face Union Pines Monday night at 8:30 p.m., before playing Patrick County Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
East Surrys boys basketball team plays Patrick County Monday at 5:30 p.m. The Cardinals (2-6) then face Union Pines on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Despite a rocky start for the defending Northwest 1-A Conference champs, East Surry coach Jason Anderson likes the way his team is playing.
Were playing pretty well right now, Anderson said. Weve played well all year long; we just havent gotten our shots to go down, but I like the team. Weve played well and definitely been competitive in every ballgame weve played in. Its just one of those things where we could turn the corner and go the other way.
In the scoring category, Andrew Hunter and Walt Tuttle currently lead the Cardinals. The Cardinals leading rebounders are Marcus Lawson and Patrick Marion.
I know a little bit about Patrick County, Anderson said. Union Pines is bringing lots of kids back from year before. Our team played Patrick during the summertime. Ive talked a lot with their coach, Keith Gunter.
The Granite City Classic full schedule follows.

Mondays Games
Girls Basketball
Patrick County vs. East Surry, 4 p.m.
Mount Airy vs. Carroll County, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball
Patrick County vs. East Surry, 5:30 p.m.
Mount Airy vs. Union Pines, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesdays Games
Boys Basketball
Union Pines vs. East Surry, 4 p.m.
Mount Airy vs. Patrick County, 8:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Carroll County vs. East Surry, 5:30 p.m.
Mount Airy vs. Patrick County, 7 p.m.

Contact Justin Nuzzo at [email protected] or 719-1922.

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