North Surry’s defense picked up in the second half and the Greyhounds topped Ashe County 45-44 on Tuesday night.
Marcus Sawyers and Nathan Fletcher finished with 11 points apiece to lead the Greyhounds (2-2), who snapped a two-game slide.
In the final seconds of the game, Brady Watt came up with a steal, then made two free throws to put North up by four. Ashe answered with a 3-pointer to cut it the deficit to a point with 1.5 seconds left. North was fouled and missed the front end of two free throws, before intentionally missing the second. The Huskies did not have enough time to get a shot off.
“In the second quarter (Ashe County) ran their offense however they wanted to,” North coach Kevin King said. “In the second half, we did a better job rotating over, stopping cuts to the basket, and we forced a few more turnovers.”
North forced the Huskies into nine turnovers in the second half. After scoring 15 points in the second quarter, Ashe had only 20 in the second half.
The Greyhounds trailed most of the second half, until the final few minutes.
“We made just enough shots to get back in it, and from there we held on,” said King. “We out-rebounded them by three and we did some decent things. We turned it over way too much. We need to score more points around the basket, get more fouls called and make more free throws. Free-throw shooting is not a strong spot right now.”
King said it was the first game all year that his team did not start strong at the beginning of the game. In the two losses to Bishop McGuinness (63-46) and Wilkes Central (61-56) at the Greyhound/Wildcat Shootout last weekend, North started out well, but could not hang on.
“We were fortunate to be down six at halftime,” King said. “We found a way to win at the end of the game.”
North will travel to Mount Airy to take on the Bears on Friday night.
North Surry 45, Ashe County 44
Ashe County 9 15 9 11 — 44
North Surry 11 7 12 15 — 45
Ashe County: Fowler 7, Alex Spencer 12, Sheets 8, McNeill 2, Shelton 2, Ashley 9, Lucas 2
North Surry: Tanner Hodgin 5, Mason Hawks 6, Kendal Tucker 5, Carter Phillips 3, Marcus Sawyers 11, Brady Watt 4, Nathan Fletcher 11