HAYS — North Surry’s girls basketball team was able to overcome a ton of turnovers in its season opener.
The Lady Greyhounds were not so fortunate on Tuesday night.
North Surry (1-1) turned the ball over 29 times in a 47-44 loss at North Wilkes.
Despite the turnovers, North Surry had a chance to win the game. Jesse Nichols hit three straight 3-pointers to put the Lady Greyhounds ahead 37-33. North Surry had a 44-40 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game, but couldn’t hold the lead. The Hounds had two more turnovers late in the game, and Jordan Badgett and Erin March missed desperation 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds.
“Ultimately that was our undoing,” coach Shane Slate said. “It was a close game, then in the third quarter, they stretched it out, biggest lead is seven. We were able to make a nice little run, put some pressure on them.
“Defensively we were OK. We made a few mistakes, but we cannot continue to put that much pressure on our defense, because we gave up the ball 29 times.”
North Surry trailed 18-17 at halftime and 31-24 after the third quarter.
March had a team-high 11 points for the Greyhounds. Malaya Johnson had a nice all-around game with nine points, 16 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists.
North Surry had 26 turnovers in its season opener, but came away with a victory at Ashe County.
Allie Church led all scorers with 17 points for North Wilkes. The Greyhounds host Bishop McGuinness on Friday night.
North Wilkes 47, North Surry 44
North Surry 4 13 7 20 — 44
North Wilkes 6 12 13 16 — 47
North Surry: Hawks 3, White 4, Badgett 4, Nichols 9, Atkins 2, Erin March 11, Hill 2, Johnson 9
North Willkes: Shumate 6, Wyatt 11, Denny 10, Allie Church 17, Escobar 3