First Posted: 12/30/2008
East Surrys girls used a strong overall showing to pull away from Carroll County (Va.) 57-37 in the second day of the Granite City Classic Christmas tournament.
Kelsey Long led the Cardinals with 11 points and also picked up all-tournament honors with fellow teammate Courtney Simmons.
The Cardinals came out strong, leading the Cavaliers 15-9 at the end of the first quarter behind Long and Simmons.
A small run by Carroll in the early goings of the second quarter came when East turned the ball over on several possessions.
The Cardinals took a 28-17 lead into half-time, with eight different players putting up 2 points or more.
East Surry stretched their lead in the second half behind increased defensive intensity, with Carroll turnovers leading to easy baskets for the Cardinals.
Long went down hard in the third quarter on her elbow and did not return, taking away a vital cog for the Cardinals.
After Simmons had torched Patrick Co. for 19 points the night before, the Cardinals used a much more balanced attack, with Autumn Cole adding 9 points, Sabra Bryant with 6 points and Hannah Merritt, Courtney Reid and Paige Honeycutt with 4 points each.
Kaitlin Viairs led Carroll with 16 points in the loss, with Kayla Goins adding 5 points. Goins was chosen to the Granite City Classics all tournament team for her performances Monday and Tuesday.
East Surry coach Robert Smith said while his team came away with two wins during the holiday tournament, he thinks the Cardinals need work to return to the form they showed earlier in the season.
I thought we came out with a little more effort and intensity in the second half, not a lot, Smith said. These two nights, I dont know if its the Christmas break or what, but I think we have regressed a bit from where we were a week ago. But hopefully well get things straightened out before we get back in our conference. Give Carroll County credit, they are scrappy, they play hard even when they are a little depleted with their personnel.
East Surry 57,
Carroll Co. (Va.) 37
East Surry Kelsey Long 11, Courtney Simmons 9, Cole 9, Bryant 6, Honeycutt 4, Merritt 4, Reid 4, Jul. Bullington 2, Nichols 2, Marshall 2, Shuff 2
Carroll Co. Kaitlan Viars 16, Kayla Goins 5, Dickens 4, Neely 4, Dalton 3, Jones 2v