PILOT MOUNTAIN —Mount Airy turned Saturday’s game against Elkin into a track meet, winning 74-45 in the Thanksgiving Invitational at East Surry High School.
Clay Mounce scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Bears, who had five players reach double-figures.
Isiah Simmons scored 12 points, Carson Mounce had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Dylan Gallimore had 10.
Mount Airy blitzed Elkin with a 24-point first quarter and led 44-25 at the break.
“We got our first-game jitters out (Friday) night. We got in some foul trouble early but got a lot of energy off the bench from Isiah Simmons and Isaiah King,” Coach Levi Goins of Mount Airy said. “Clay Mounce got in foul trouble. He had a big night.”
The Bears (2-0) were able to score a ton of points in transition in Saturday’s game. Elkin was able to slow Mount Airy down with a zone defense in the second half. The Buckin’ Elks pulled to within 12 points late in the game, but Gallimore hit back-t0-back 3-pointers to give Mount Airy some breathing room.
Kody King had 25 points for Elkin to lead all scorers.
“I was more pleased with our effort tonight. We’ve got a lot to learn defensively,” Goins said. “We are in the toughest 1A conference in the state.”
Mount Airy will host Elkin on Tuesday night.
Mount Airy 74, Elkin 45
Mount Airy 24 20 13 17 — 74
Elkin10 15 12 8 — 45
Mount Airy: Caleb Horton 3, Khaileel Dailey 9, Dylan Gallimore 10, Isiah Simmons 12, Carson Mounce 11, Cordell France 3, Isaiah King 7, Clay Mounce 18, Justin Ward 1
Elkin: Tyrek Hayes 7, Blevins 3, Jamiles Hayes 11, Kody King 25