Balanced scoring leads Lady Eagles over Cards

Jeff Linville Staff Reporter

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PILOT MOUNTAIN — Surry Central had four girls reach double figures in beating East Surry 57-48 Tuesday night.

The Lady Cardinals led 7-6 in the early going, but the Lady Eagles took the lead and never gave it back.

The margin was 17 in the closing seconds of the first half before Jessi Marion made a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Central guard Marlee Wilmoth was active on defense, making steals and deflections. She was aggressive in transition, too, and finished with a game-high 16 points.

Cassidy Joyner scored 14, Sarah Bruce 10 and Tess Dockery came off the bench to score 12. Brooke Lewis added three and Kristin Key two.

Gabi Jessup scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half, including a trio of three-pointers, as she tried to bring the Cards back.

East’s Sydney Mosley had seven points in the first quarter, but just two the rest of the way to finish with nine. Kacie Markle also had nine. Sydney Marion had all eight of her points in the second half. Jessi Marion added seven.

In the first half, the Eagles went to the foul line 10 times and sank their first nine attempts. Central finished the game at 18-25, 72 percent.

Several of the fouls were off of Surry Central getting an offensive rebound, noted Coach Keith Gunter.

East shot only nine free throws for the game and missed all five in the fourth quarter after Markle went 4-4 in the first half.

The Eagles led 13-9 after one and 32-18 at the half.

“In the first half, turnovers killed us,” said Gunter. “We got out of control with the dribble and made some fundamental mistakes … like not jump-stopping when you catch the pass.”

Central led 49-32 late in the third quarter before East made a push. A 9-2 run cut the lead to 51-41 as Jessup hit a three with a defender flying at her.

Central Coach Mandy Holt called a timeout to settle her team down, and the Eagles hit enough foul shots to hold off the Cards.

East forward Cheyenne Kota picked up a blocking foul on a baseline drive in the first half. She hit the floor hard, including contact with her head. Gunter said Kota wanted to go back in, but he held out for the second half to be cautious.

Gunter pointed out that Mosley helped in several categories including rebounds with seven, four assists and three steals. Markle also had seven boards for the Cards.

Kelsey Taylor led the Eagles with seven rebounds, while Dockery led with five steals.


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