PILOT MOUNTAIN — A couple of seniors led the Lady Bears to a first-half tie, then the rest of the team pitched in for a double-digit win over Forbush.
The game was tied at 27-all as Davi Barbour and Kathryn Beasley provided inside-outside scoring.
Mount Airy opened the third-quarter with a 10-4 push, led by another senior, Jasmine Varney, who scored seven of her nine points in the run.
The score was tied 7-7 in the first quarter when the Bears scored five points to take the lead. However, the Lady Falcons finished the period with a 10-0 run and then started the second with a basket and free throw for a 20-12 lead.
Barbour and Beasley scored the next 15 points for the Bears to take a 27-25 lead before Forbush tied the game just before the buzzer.
“Davi and Kathryn really played well,” said Coach Howard Mayo. “They had 24 of our 27 points in the first half.”
“We have so many players we can put on the perimeter who can knock down that outside shot,” Mayo said.
In the first half, Barbour not only hit four three-pointers, but she didn’t even touch the rim on those shots on the way to 15 points.
Beasley scored on a couple of close jumpers, a putback and a three-point play for nine points.
In the second half, the Bears had four three-pointers again, but they came from four different shooters.
“I thought we did a good job in the second half of converting scoring opportunities and not turning the ball over as much,” he said. “We got contributions from several different people.”
Varney, point guard Mikayla Seivers and reserves Ayano Shelton and Skyler Flippen each hit a long jumper.
Varney’s seven points and the three from Seivers made it 37-31 in the third quarter, but Forbush edged closer to 41-38 by the end of the period.
The Falcons had balanced scoring, too, with five players scoring six or more points.
At the start of the fourth, Forbush got two free throws and a basket to take a 42-41 lead. Then Flippen and Shelton hit back-to-back threes to retake the lead.
“Skyler and Ayano each had key plays in the fourth quarter,” said Mayo. Not just those shots, but Ayano also penetrated and dished to Varney for a basket to make it 52-45 a couple of minutes later.
Down the stretch the Bears went 8-10 from the foul line to put the game away.
“Eight of 10 shooting, you will win some ball games when you do that,” said Mayo.
“Mikayla did a very good job of distributing the ball,” he said of Seivers. “She had 10 assists, and as a team we had 20.”
Mayo said another thing he liked was that players were giving effort regardless of whether their shots were falling.
Alex Atkins is a good outside shooter, but when she wasn’t converting from long range, she still grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, the coach noted.
Barbour scored all 15 of her points in the first half. Beasley finished with 13 points, Varney nine, Seivers seven, Shelton six and Flippen five.
The Lady Bears have the first game of today at 2 p.m. against the Lady Elks.