Second-half threes lift Lady Bears over Hounds 58-50

Jeff Linville Staff Reporter

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The Lady Bears didn’t need three overtime periods to down the Lady Greyhounds in the rematch.

Mount Airy (10-0) used a barrage of three-pointers at the end of the third quarter to pull ahead of North Surry (4-5) on the way to a 58-50 win.

Mount Airy was undefeated coming in, but North had given the Bears their closest scare with a triple-overtime game two weeks earlier.

The Bears hit six of their nine triples in the second half, while the Hounds struggled from the outside and didn’t hit a single three-pointer.

At the start, North’s all-conference center, Malaya Johnson, was on the bench as Mount Airy jumped out to a 6-2 lead. The Bears led 11-8 at the end of the period.

After Johnson scored to cut the lead to one, the Bears scored seven straight to get some breathing room and led 27-18 at the half.

Alex Atkins gave Mount Airy a 12-point lead with a three-pointer to start the third period.

Then North Surry made a run, putting up eight straight points to cut the lead to 30-26 as Bear Coach Howard Mayo called a timeout with 4:23 left in the third.

Ayano Shelton made two free throws for a six-point lead. Then the Bears matched Johnson’s inside scoring with outside shooting, trading twos for threes.

Mount Airy led 43-33 at the start of the fourth.

Jasmine Varney and Atkins hit three-pointers and Varney made three foul shots after being hit on the follow-through of another long shot. The Bears had their biggest lead at 54-37.

The Hounds made another run, scoring the next 11 points to cut the margin to six with 1:45 left.

Varney scored inside and Mikayla Seivers made two free throws to hold off the Hounds in front of a capacity crowd at North Surry.

“I thought we did an outstanding job controlling the tempo of the game,” said Mount Airy coach Howard Mayo. “Different players stepped up throughout the course of the game and made open shots. And defensively I thought we did a good job of contesting everything.”

Varney and Atkins scored 15 points each, and Shelton added 14. Davi Barbour scored all seven of her points in the first half.

Skyler Flippen scored three, Seivers two and Halee Ratcliff two as the Bears continue to win without injured senior Kathryn Beasley, who has been wearing a walking boot for the past few games.

As a team, the Bears passed out 16 assists with Barbour and Seivers netting four each. Atkins added three steals and six rebounds.

For North, Johnson came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds. Erin March had 16 points and nine boards. Abby Andrews and Maggie Hawks scored six each and Jordan Badgett two.

As for his team not getting a long shot to fall, North coach Shane Slate said, “That wasn’t the best choice for us to shoot those three-pointers. The best choice was for us to pound it inside. Unfortunately we didn’t get enough touches inside.”

The Lady Bears will host the Mount Airy Christmas Classic next Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Hounds, Martinsville and a traveling team from Australia will join in for those two days.


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