Lady Eagles get hot to down Falcons on Senior Night
Jeff Linville email@example.com
DOBSON — The Lady Eagles bounced back from a tough loss Friday night to down Forbush 62-42 Monday night.
Fearing more bad weather this week, the schools decided to bump up their games by a day, which suited Coach Mandy Holt just fine.
On Friday, Surry Central lost to North Surry, which left the two teams tied for first place in the Western Piedmont Conference.
Holt said she was glad to get back out on the court and earn another win rather than let that last loss linger any longer.
It was Senior Night, and that might have had an effect on the four seniors in the starting lineup.
None of them could sink a basket in the opening minutes, but junior Marlee Wilmoth picked up the slack with a couple of hoops. The Eagles led just 5-4 when Holt called a timeout five and a half minutes into the game.
After that, the seniors began to make plays.
Central led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter and was up 14-12 when the girls put together a 9-2 run for a 23-14 lead.
Forbush would score inside just before the half to make it a seven-point game.
The Lady Falcons would trim the lead to 24-20 two minutes into the third quarter before the Eagles found the range from distance.
Sarah Bruce and Brooke Lewis sank three-pointers, and Tess Dockery made a long shot with a toe on the three-point line.
A layup by Cassidy Joyner made it a 9-point margin again at 34-25. The score was 44-34 to start the fourth.
The team didn’t shoot that well from the field in the third quarter, but they scored 21 points by winning the turnover battle, according to Holt.
The Eagles made just eight turnovers for the entire game. Meanwhile the defense had 21 deflections and 19 steals.
Dockery led the way with five steals, while Joyner and Lewis had four each.
Bruce got hot in the second half. In the third, she made a three and an inside basket. Then in the fourth she hit two bombs, a 17-footer and a close shot for 10 points.
She outscored Forbush by herself in the quarter before Holt pulled the seniors with about a minute left in the game.
Bruce scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the second half. She also had five rebounds and three assists.
Joyner scored 12 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.
Dockery had five points and three assists to go with all those steals.
Lewis led the team with eight rebounds and scored six points.
Wilmoth had seven points, Kristin Key six, Kelsey Taylor, McKenzie Danley and Emma White two each, and Olivia Fowler one.
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