EAST BEND — Surry Central returned home from Forbush with a sweep as all four teams won.
That’s the first time in a long while that the JV and varsity teams all won their games, noted girls coach Mandy Holt.
Her Lady Eagles needed overtime to keep the perfection going with a 54-51 win over the Lady Falcons.
The game began with a 7-0 spurt by the Eagles, but, Holt said, “Then began the fouls.” Surry Central committed several fouls and had players on the bench with three each.
There was one foul in the third quarter that was mistakenly credited to Sarah Bruce that should have gone to another player, Holt said. That meant she had to sit Bruce for much of the quarter because the sophomore had four fouls.
“We maintained a lead for pretty much the entire game, but we just couldn’t pull away,” the coach said.
The game was tied at 49-all to force the extra session. The Eagles then missed five free throws and had to rely on their defense to make a stand.
“We did dig down at the end and played great defense the way we should have started the game,” she said.
The Falcons went four straight possessions without a score and had just two points in overtime.
Despite sitting for half the game, Courtney Hegler still helped in several ways, the coach noted. Hegler had just two points, but provided four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Bruce nearly had a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
Cassidy Joyner led the Eagles in scoring with 19. Brittany Lewis added nine, and freshman Marlee Wilmoth had seven points and three assists. Other scoring was Maddie White three, Tess Dockery two, Brooke Lewis two and Tori Blevins one.
Lindsay Williams had 17 to lead Forbush.
“We’re excited to get this season started,” said Holt. “It wasn’t pretty, but we will take the W. … Maybe we have our first-game jitters out of the way.”
In the boys game, the Eagles used steady scoring to pull away for a 19-point win.
The Eagles put up 19, 21 and 19 points in each of the first three quarters and led by as many as 25 against the Falcons before winning 73-54.
Ethan Wilmoth and Zach Wilmoth each had 22 points to lead Central.
“It was a good opener,” said assistant coach Jeff Edmonds. “Anytime you can go on the road and win by 19 it’s a good night.”
The boys were a little tight in the early going, he said, but then they got the transition offense clicking. They also took advantage of their height inside with the 6-foot-5 Zach Wilmoth.
Gabe Leftwich suffered a cut over his right eye in a head-to-head blow. He missed much of the first half, but came back to finish with seven points. Colby Chilton, still working his way back from an ankle injury, also had seven.
Luke Haymore and Simeon Bracken had four points each. Jacob Hammonds added three, and Heath Danley and Eric Green two.
Forbush was led by Ben Temple with 11.