RONDA — The Lady Eagles routed East Wilkes 75-52 on the road Friday night.
Surry Central led 34-22 at the break and pulled away with a big third quarter before going deep in the bench in the final period.
East Wilkes is a scrappy team, and the game started with neither team being able to score, said Coach Mandy Holt.
Then the Eagles scored eight straight points and led 12-8 after the first quarter.
Central played scrappy, too, and applied lots of defensive pressure, the coach said.
Guard Marlee Wilmoth led the way with eight steals, and Cassidy Joyner added four steals.
With a 12-point lead to start the third quarter, Holt wanted the team to focus on offensive efficiency. Rather than rush a shot, she wanted them to find the best looks. That paid off as the Eagles won the quarter 22-8 and led by 26.
Joyner would lead the team in points with 23 and tied Sarah Bruce for the lead in rebounds with eight. Bruce added 16 points.
Brooke Lewis had 10 points and seven boards, giving the team three players in double figures as all 10 girls scored.
Kristin Key scored six points, Kelsey Taylor five, Wilmoth four with six rebounds, Emma White four, Olivia Fowler three and McKenzie Danley and Tess Dockery two points each. Dockery also had four assists.
The Eagles are scheduled to host Mount Airy on Tuesday. The game had been iffy as Mount Airy’s football team was still in the playoffs, but the Bears lost Friday night, and the rest of the basketball players can join the team.