Lady Eagles down Wildcats, earn league co-champs

Jeff Linville

February 19, 2014

KING — The Lady Eagles clinched a tie for first place with a 55-43 win over West Stokes Monday night.

Surry Central (17-5, 9-1 in the conference) are co-champions of the Western Piedmont Conference.

This is the first title for the Lady Eagles since 1995, said Coach Mandy Holt, who watched that team’s clinching game as an eighth-grader.

Despite the snow-induced layoff, the Lady Eagles came out sharp on defense, using heavy pressure to crack West Stokes’ guard play.

“I thought the whole first half the girls were clicking with team basketball,” said Holt.

Central led 20-14 after the first quarter and pushed it to 32-22 at the break.

West Stokes crept closer in the third quarter, making it 41-36, but the Eagles kept control in the fourth quarter.

Cassidy Joyner had a great game, said Holt. She scored 26 points and passed out six assists. She might have had a couple more, but the passes were so good they caught her teammates off-guard.

Joyner added three rebounds and two steals.

Tess Dockery had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. Marlee Wilmoth led the defense with five steals to go with seven points, five rebounds and four assists.

Brooke Lewis had seven points, four boards and four steals.

Sarah Bruce only had four points, but she had her hands full guarding West standout Mikala Bozman.

Despite a good effort from Bruce, Bozman still managed 22 points, including a three-pointer.

With Central and North Surry tied for first, the teams had a drawing to determine the top seed for the tournament.

North Surry got the first seed and will play on Wednesday. Central still gets a first-round bye and plays on Thursday.

The one who goes furthest in the tournament gets the top seed for the state playoffs, said Holt.

“I am very excited to be conference champions,” said Holt. “I am so very proud of the girls.”