Jasmine Varney and Davi Barbour combined for 20 points in a big third-quarter run that led the Lady Bears over the Lady Cardinals Friday night 62-45.
Late in the first half, East Surry held a slim 19-18 lead.
Mount Airy’s Barbour scored two quick layups at the end of the half to put the Bears up 22-19.
Then the Bears opened the second half with Barbour hitting a three and Varney adding two more. Then Mikayla Seivers earned three the old-fashioned way with a layup and a foul.
From 19-18, the Bears went on a 29-8 push to have a 20-point lead with two minutes left in the third period.
The Cardinals didn’t quit and cut the lead to a dozen at 50-38, but Mount Airy never let the lead get down to single digits.
The Bears got one injured player back in the lineup, but Kathryn Beasley seemed to have given her walking boot to teammate Alex Atkins, who was in street clothes for this game.
Bear Coach Howard Mayo said it was good to get Kathryn back on the floor and get her some minutes. She will have to work her way back into game shape.
Beasley missed a few shots in the first half, then made the last three buckets in the fourth quarter to protect the lead.
“We did a good job of controlling the tempo, especially in the third quarter,” said Mayo. “Davi Barbour played an all-around outstanding basketball game. She had 18 points, five assists and five steals.”
After just two points in the first half, Varney had 12 points in the third quarter.
She was very active and grabbed seven rebounds, so it was a good game for Jasmine, said Mayo.
Atkins has been the Bears’ best rebounder of late, so with the senior expected to be out until the end of the month, other players will have to step up.
Ayano Shelton did just that, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds and even passed out five assists.
“We have a lot of different people who can do things,” Mayo said.
The Bears had 17 assists as a team.
“We like sharing the basketball,” he noted.
Making the extra pass, hustling after loose balls, getting deflections, that’s the way the game should be played, he said.
Beasley and Seivers had seven points, Alexis France and Halee Ratcliff two each.
For the Cards, Kacie Markle nailed four three-pointers on the way to a team-high 14 points.
Gabi Jessup scored eight, Sydney Mosley and Laken Bowman seven each, Sydney Marion six, Cheyenne Kota two and Jessi Marion one.