WALNUT COVE — North Surry defeated South Stokes 57-53 in overtime Friday in a Western Piedmont Conference game.
“There were moments of frustration and happiness I believe for both teams tonight. We had good stretches and then there were some bad ones,” Greyhounds Coach Kevin King said.
North Surry led in the first quarter with a score of 13-8. Caleb Hobernicht and Marcus Sawyers scored four points each and Nathan Fletcher sank two. Freshman Mason Hawks had the crowd on their feet when he sank an impressive three-pointer from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.
“Mason’s half-court throw was good, and we made a few other shots we probably didn’t deserve, but I’ll take them because we missed some we should have made,” King said.
Momentum stalled for the Greyhounds in the beginning of the second quarter but Sawyers turned it around with a key steal and pass to Ryan March who scored a quick basket. South Stokes retaliated with a three-pointer and continued pounding the board until tying the score 25-25 at halftime.
King said he had three freshmen on the floor that played well but his team needed to work on keeping the ball in front of them.
“South Stokes plays very wide and we didn’t know where to attack. It’s one of those things we didn’t realize until we actually went up against them,” King said.
The second half proved to be just as intense as the first. Fletcher started with a fast two points putting North Surry in the lead. Carter Phillips and Hobernicht added another three points.
South Stokes matched North Surry shot-for-shot and a key steal by Saura Bryson Misenheimer pushed his team ahead with a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
North Surry Sawyers made a driving layup causing South Stokes to call timeout.
Meisenhimer came out of the huddle and shot two three-pointers in the fourth quarter putting the Sauras ahead.
With about two and a half minutes left, South Stokes pulled ahead by seven points, said King. The coach was proud of his defense for making enough stops for the offense to reel the Sauras back in.
Either team could have won the game in regulation if they had made their free throws, he added.
North high scorer Fletcher converted under the rim tying the game 44-all.
In overtime North Surry managed to put 13 points on the board compared to Sauras nine.
Fletcher scored and drew a foul. The “and-one” put North up three points and took a little pressure of the players, King said.
Hodgin and Fletcher had two baskets each, and Sawyers sank two of his free throws.
“We grabbed several good rebounds toward the end,” said King. Kendal Tucker made two free throws to give North a four-point edge.
“We shot 16 out of 27 from the free throw line. That’s not good and it’s something we need to work on,” King said.
For the Greyhounds, Fletcher’s 16 points was followed by Tucker with nine, Sawyers eight, Hawks and Hobernicht seven, March with four, and Phillips and Brady Watts three each.
Sawyers said his team played well and it was a great win, especially coming off three recent losses. Teammate Hobernicht said the Greyhounds kept playing defense throughout the game, and it was a comeback to remember.
The Hounds have three games this week.
They face Forbush in a conference game Tuesday, then they face East Surry on Wednesday in a nonconference game. Then they return to Western Piedmont play on Friday against West Stokes.