What a difference a day makes.
Mount Airy blitzed Winston-Salem Atkins with a 25-6 second-quarter run and went on to defeat the Camels 67-43 on Friday night in a Northwest 1A Conference game.
The Bears shook off a tough, close loss to West Stokes on Thursday, and improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference with the home win.
Carson Mounce and Isaiah King scored a game-high 14 points apiece for the Bears. Isiah Simmons chipped in with 11, and Khaileel Dailey had a nice all-around game with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Dailey was big during Mount Airy’s second-quarter run.
“Khaileel was running the floor really well,” Mount Airy coach Levi Goins said. “He was seeing everyone in traffic and making great passes in transition. He was a bright spot for us. He can get us going energy-wise. Defensively, when his pressure is on we are very good. With Isiah Simmons, it’s the same way.”
Ten players scored for Mount Airy, which led just 12-9 after the first quarter before stretching the lead to 37-15 at the break. The Bears led 52-26 heading into the fourth quarter. Carson Mounce had 13 of his 14 points in the second quarter. King scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter.
The Bears battled back from hole to take a lead against West Stokes on Thursday, but couldn’t finish out the game. In the first quarter, the Camels kept the game close, until Mount Airy hit another gear.
“In the second quarter, I felt like we woke up and started playing,” Goins said. “It was good to see our guys wake up early on in the second quarter and have some fun. Everybody got significant playing time, and we got better. Justin Ward came off the bench and gave us some energy. I was pleased with our effort tonight. Carson and Isiah Simmons tonight had a big second quarter. Guys seemed to want to get better as a team tonight. I think they were focused on our team growing as a family and getting better in that aspect.”
Atkins remained winless on the season at 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The Camels’ closest game this season was a 23-point loss to Carver. But even though the Camels have struggled, the Bears had no trouble getting prepared for them.
“Not after (Thursday) night,” Goins said. “We watched film on our game last night, and our guys were just ready to go out and play. The first quarter we fell into the same old groove as (Thursday). The second quarter they decided to pick it up. We are not going to underestimate anyone.”
Mounce rolled his wrist during the game Friday night and did not return, but Goins said he should be OK. The Bears travel to Ashe County on Monday, host Surry Central on Wednesday and travel to North Surry on Friday.
Mount Airy 67, WS Atkins 43
WS Atkins96 11 15 — 43
Mount Airy 12 25 15 15 — 67
Atkins: Dunbar 3, Verster 10, Huntley 4, Wright 7, Anglin 3, J. Harris 2, J. Harris 4, Etter 4, Mack 5
Mount Airy: Caleb Horton 6, Logan Holder 1, Khaileel Dailey 10, Cooper Orange 2, Dylan Gallimore 3, Isaiah King 14, Isiah Simmons 11, Clay Mounce 3, Carson Mounce 14, Justin Ward 2