PILOT MOUNTAIN —The East Surry girls’ basketball team couldn’t have picked a much tougher opponent to begin their season against.
The Lady Cardinals started their 2016-17 campaign on Wednesday evening with a home non-conference game against county rival North Surry, which had already been tested by three tough road games against 4A competition. It was a victory for the Lady Greyhounds as they collected their second win of the season, 49-25.
North Surry entered Wednesday’s meeting with an overall record of 1-2, having collected a win against Glenn (60-16), and recorded two losses, one against West Forsyth (49-43) and an overtime loss in Winston-Salem against R.J. Reynolds (46-42).
It was a cold start for East Surry, as Madison Bowman made her team’s first basket with just 1:20 left in the first quarter, but the Lady Hounds accumulated a quick 16 points.
It was in the second quarter where East Surry’s play started to pick up, putting a dozen more points on the board before halftime. Bethany Clayton splashed her only 3-pointer of the night, while Maddi Pennington was responsible for five points and Sarah Mann four. In the second quarter, East Surry only committed two fouls, and had just six in the entire first half, an impressive feat for a first game of the season.
North Surry spread the wealth around in the second half. Mikaela Johnson posted four points to lead her team, but Maggie Hawks, Hannah Moxley, Martha Holt and Ellie Sutphin all tallied a shot each as the Lady Hounds led 31-14 at the break.
Bethany Clayton went 4-for-4 during her time at the line, adding four points in the third and fourth quarters, totaling seven for the night. Haley Jennelle made her mark of the night also with a basket in the third. The Cardinals trailed the Greyhounds by 26 points after three quarters. The Greyhounds produced 13 more points in the third that extended on their lead.
“I liked our pressure, I also liked the fact that we were able to keep the tempo up on the defensive end,” said North Surry coach Shane Slate.
Although East Surry outscored North Surry in the fourth, it was not enough to make a comeback. The Cards added seven in hopes of lessening their deficit. The only shot behind the arc for the Cardinals was brought courtesy of an open Jessy Nichols.
Johnson led North Surry with 11 points.
“Offensively, we were patient, we usually got good looks… in the paint, which is where we want to start with our offense and work our way out,” said Slate.
The Lady Hounds will continue non-conference play as they host the Huskies of Ashe County on Monday.
East Surry will have a quick turnaround, as they will travel to Dobson on Friday to face the Golden Eagles of Surry Central.