WINSTON-SALEM — North Surry’s girls basketball team suffered a second straight tough loss against a powerhouse team playing at a higher classification on Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 46-42 overtime defeat at the hands of R.J. Reynolds in the third-place game of the Mary Garber Tip-Off Classic.
The Lady Greyhounds (1-2), who had lost to West Forsyth in the final minute of their semifinal game, stormed back from a 10-point first-half deficit to tie the game at 38-all by the end of regulation, but were outscored 8-4 in the five-minute extra session and settled for fourth place in the tournament, behind three 4A schools based in Forsyth County.
North Surry outscored the Lady Demons 10-5 in the fourth quarter to force the overtime. The Lady Hounds actually took the lead in the overtime, but were unable to hold on down the stretch.
The defending Western Piedmont Athletic Conference champions were one of only a few non-4A teams and non-Forsyth County teams invited to the eight-team event, which was hosted by Atkins High School. North Surry was the only such team to be competitive with the larger schools.
The Lady Hounds are currently scheduled to take a week off before returning to action on Nov. 30 at East Surry, in what will be the first game of the season for the Lady Cardinals. North Surry will play 11 games in December to prepare for its defense of the WPAC title.