WEST JEFFERSON — North Surry’s new basketball coach earned a victory in the season opener.
The Greyhounds beat Ashe County 64-53 on the road Friday.
Kevin King spent 10 years at Reynolds as an assistant and two years at Wilkes Central as head coach, but now has taken over the team that his father Ron led for many years.
Kevin King said he started off with some pressure, and the Greyhounds led for most of the first quarter. Then the Huskies beat the press a couple of times and took a 14-12 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second, he switched to primarily halfcourt man-to-man defense, and the boys did “a pretty good job in the halfcourt with the exception of defensive rebounding.”
He thought the players could have done a better job of pursuing long bounces off the rim.
The Hounds built a 10-point lead late in the second period, but a bad shot on one end and a couple of mistakes on the other end allowed the Huskies to cut the lead to five at the break, according to the coach.
The lead again reached double digits in the third only to see Ashe County cut it to six going into the fourth.
North Surry shot several free throws in that period and made enough to come away with an 11-point win.
Nathan Fletcher led all scorers with 22 points, and Marcus Sawyers added 15.
Devin Sheets led Ashe County with 14.
NS 64 — AC 53
North 12 19 12 21 = 64
Ashe 14 12 11 16 = 53
Nathan Fletcher 22, Marcus Sawyers 15, Mason Hawks eight, Tanner Hodgin 7, Kendal Tucker 4, Sterling Phillips two, Casey Wright two, Brady Watts 2, Ryan March two.