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By Jeff Linville

January 9, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM — The Lady Eagles wrapped up an extensive road trip with a 59-42 loss to R.J. Reynolds Wednesday.


Surry Central hasn’t had a home game since Dec. 10 when the Eagles were in the midst of a six-game winning streak.


The Eagles return to Dobson after splitting the six road games 3-3.


“We played really, really hard,” Coach Mandy Holt said of Wednesday’s game. The final margin doesn’t reflect how much effort the girls gave and what a nice comeback they made.


In the fourth quarter, the Eagles trimmed what was a 16-point lead at the start of the period to eight.


Reynolds (10-4) is one of the better 4A teams around, said Holt. The game was very physical, but the Eagle defense managed to frustrate the Lady Demons at times.


Reynolds led 10-5 after the first quarter and 27-13 at the break, but Central played evenly in the second half.


The girls made some steals and even forced a couple of five-second calls, Holt said. Point guard Tess Dockery led that effort and had a big impact on the game despite not scoring a single point, the coach noted.


Marlee Wilmoth had five steals and six rebounds to go with five points.


Cassidy Joyner and Sarah Bruce led the team with 12 points each. Joyner led the team with seven assists.


Kristin Key added eight points and Brooke Lewis five.


The physical nature of the game and all that energy expended on defense seemed to affect the Eagles’ offense. Holt said the team had eight or nine plays where a good pass found someone wide open, but the shot didn’t go down.


The coach said her staff and the players really appreciated the Eagle fan base for making the trip to Reynolds, Glenn and Atkins over the past couple of weeks.


“I think the Winston-Salem schools were surprised at the turnout,” Holt said. The Eagles might have had more fans in the gym than the Demons did.


The Lady Eagles are 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the newly formed Western Piedmont Conference. They are tied for first place with South Stokes (8-6) and North Surry (8-5).


Forbush (9-4), West Stokes (4-7) and Carver (0-10) are all 0-1 in league play.


Central hosts South Stokes on Friday.