HAYS — The Lady Eagles took the lead in the closing minutes and made their free throws to beat North Wilkes 55-52.
“It was a back and forth game there for a while,” said Surry Central Coach Mandy Holt.
The Eagles took a 16-10 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Vikings cut the lead in half at the break, 28-25.
In the third quarter, the home team took the lead and was up 39-36 going into the fourth.
With a little less than three minutes to go, the Eagles took a one-point lead.
Down the stretch, Marlee Wilmoth, Tess Dockery and Sarah Bruce hit enough free throws for the win.
“We just kept fighting,” said Holt. “We kept saying, “Our defense is going to win the game.’”
This was a good example of team basketball, Holt believed. Every girl played hard on defense and moved the ball around on offense.
North Wilkes’ Jackie Denny has been tearing it up against teams, but the Eagles slowed her down to 16 points.
“That sounds like a lot of points, but you wouldn’t believe the defensive job Sarah Bruce did on her all night long,” said Holt.
Bruce also contributed eight points and five rebounds.
Cassidy Joyner led the team with 21 points and added four steals.
Tess Dockery led the defense with six steals to go with six points as well as going 2-2 at the line at the end.
Marlee Wilmoth had 11 points and seven rebounds. Brooke Lewis had five points, five rebounds and two steals. Kelsey Taylor had four points and four boards.
The Eagles improved to 3-1 with all four games played on the road. Central will have its home opener this Friday against Elkin, which is 0-4 so far.