WALNUT COVE — The Lady Bears rallied in the fourth quarter, but came up one basket shy against South Stokes Friday.
Mount Airy trailed by 11 to the Lady Sauras before a scoring explosion cut the lead to one. The Bears could never get over the hump and fell 62-60.
“I thought we played a good first quarter and good fourth quarter,” said Coach Howard Mayo. “The problem was the two quarters in between.”
Stokes point guard Kelli Mounce put up 27 points and helped build a 48-37 lead after three quarters.
In the fourth, Mayo said the Bears did a better job of guarding the ball and forcing turnovers. Symone Simmons led the way with six steals to go with eight points.
However, he said, “we dug ourselves too big of a hole.”
The Bears had a balanced scoring attack led by Jasmine Varney with 12. Alex Atkins added 11, Davi Barbour 11, Kathryn Beasley eight, Mikayla Seivers three, Ayano Shelton three. Atkins led the Bears with seven boards.
Mount Airy (7-4, 2-3 in the Northwest Conference) travels to Winston-Salem Prep on Tuesday. The Lady Phoenix have identical 7-4 and 2-3 records on the season.