WINSTON-SALEM — Most of the local schools haven’t started their basketball seasons due to highly successful gridiron campaigns, but such is not an issue for the North Surry girls, who have already gotten two games under their belts this week as part of the Mary Garber Invitational.
The defending Western Piedmont Athletic Conference champs were one of eight teams invited to play in the four-day event, which started off on Saturday afternoon with a 60-16 rout of Glenn High School in Kernersville. The Lady Hounds played their second game on Monday night, a 49-43 loss to 4A West Forsyth in the semifinals of the tournament.
The tournament ends today, with fourth-seeded North Surry playing in the 3:30 p.m. third-place game against R.J. Reynolds High School in the Atkins High gym. Reynolds, which was the second seed in the event, was upset 46-44 by third-seeded Reagan on Tuesday.
In the loss to the Lady Titans (2-0), North Surry was within 44-43 with 1:06 remaining following a 3-pointer by Martha Holt, but failed to score again.
Mikaela Johnson led the Lady Hounds with 16 points.
The first-round blowout of Glenn was never competitive. North Surry led 20-4 at the end of the first quarter, 40-10 at halftime, and then outscored the Bobcats 15-0 in the third just for good measure.
Johnson led the team with 16 points in that contest as well, while tying freshman Elle Sutphin as high rebounder with five. Sutphin also put in 11 points in her high school debut. Tiana Shuff and Arin Bunker added seven each, Myia West six, Maggie Hawks five, and Martha Holt and Taylor Duncan tallied four each. Sutphin also had four assists and four steals, while Hawks swiped six steals to lead the team.