SPARTA — The Lady Cardinals won their second game in the Alleghany Christmas Invitational 74-48 over Starmount.
East Surry bounced back from a one-sided loss the day before to provide a blowout of its own to the Lady Rams.
Cousins Gabi Jessup and Sydney Mosley combined for 58 points, 10 more than the entire Starmount team combined.
The Cards were down to seven players as Kacie Markle again was out with a death in the family, and Laken Bowman was home with a sick relative.
Still, East Surry made a complete turnaround from a 76-48 loss to Elkin the day before.
“It was the exact opposite,” said Coach Keith Gunter.
Against the Lady Elks, the Cards weren’t getting their hands on rebounds and deflections, but in this game they did, he explained.
East Surry jumped out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter. Mosley scored 10 of those 15 points and finished with 27.
Jessup only scored two points in the first quarter, but then erupted for 29 points after that.
Gabi wasn’t forcing the ball up, said Gunter. “She was getting good looks.” She was working hard away from the ball, making cuts off of screens.
And the offense was being patient, giving Gabi time to work those screens rather than rushing up a shot, he added.
The Cards led 32-17 at the half and 55-32 after three quarters.
In the fourth, the team relapsed into some bad habits that let Starmount get a few buckets, the coach said.
And, Gunter said he wanted to try out some things that the girls have been practicing but haven’t used in game action before.
These new plays and wrinkles could come in handy in a tough conference schedule with the likes of Winston-Salem Prep, Atkins, defending state champion Bishop McGuinness and undefeated Mount Airy.
Darion Dobson scored 16 to lead the Lady Rams.
The Cardinals (6-6) are off until next Friday when they open conference play against the Lady Bears.
15 17 23 19 = 74 E.S.
4 13 15 16 = 48 Star
East Surry Scoring
Gabi Jessup 31, Sydney Mosley 27, Cheyenne Kota 4, Karli Fulp 4, Sydney Marion 4, Jessi Marion 2, Katie Tweet 2