A memorable season of high school basketball ended Saturday in Surry County, as the Mount Airy girls and both North Surry teams contested their respective state championships at venues 27 miles apart from one another.
Although each team had much to be proud of this season, it was only the Lady Bears who were able to capture the rings, blowing out Pamlico County 66-40 in the 1A state finals at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Mount Airy, which finished the season with a 30-2 record, never trailed in the championship game, and all but locked up the title when it scored the last 18 points of the first quarter for a 21-point lead.
The Hurricanes, who finished their season at 29-4, never got closer than 14 after that.
The Lady Bears’ Jo Snow was named as the Most Valuable Player of the 1A final, while her teammate Shaunae Sawyers was named as the Most Outstanding Player. The two Mount Airy guards tied for the game’s high scorer with 17 points each.
That evening, North Surry’s boys and girls played for the 2A titles at Reynolds Coliseum. Both came up short, with Clinton downing the Lady Hounds 59-49 in the 5:05 game and Northside-Jacksonville topping North’s boys 86-67 in the nightcap.
The North Surry girls, who saw a 22-game winning streak snapped, were done in by the Lady Dark Horses’ point guard Mikayla Boykin. The 5’9” senior, who has already signed with Duke University, scored 31 of her team’s 59 points and assisted on eight others. The Lady Hounds, who finished their season at 26-6, were never able to find an effective way of defending her. They rallied from an early 10-point deficit and took the lead for a time in the second quarter, but Clinton (30-2) led 32-26 at intermission and held the lead throughout the second half. North was able to stay close, but never catch up again.
North Surry’s boys fell into an early 15-4 hole against Northside, which wrapped up a perfect 30-0 season with the win over the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds (27-5) held their own for the next two quarters, trailing 37-27 at the half, and were still down just nine going into the final eight minutes of the contest, but Northside pulled away late to secure the win.
Carter Phillips, in his final game for the Hounds, was named the Most Outstanding Player after scoring 26 points.