The Granite Bears sprinted down the floor for some early baskets and held onto the lead for a 69-58 win over Walkertown.
Mount Airy never trailed, jumping out to a 10-1 lead in the first two and a half minutes, drawing a timeout from the Wolfpack (5-16).
Caleb Horton scored eight of the Bears’ first 19 points, and the home team went up 23-12 after one quarter.
Fast breaks helped the team get that big first quarter, said Coach Levi Goins.
“They stopped a lot of our transition opportunities in the second quarter,” he said. Walkertown had played in some high-scoring games this season, including the 89-75 loss to Mount Airy in the first matchup.
However, the Wolfpack tried some different defenses on the Bears and looked to slow the pace this time after a 14-point loss to Mount Airy in December.
On Tuesday, the Bears’ lead was 14 at 36-22 before the Wolfpack scored the last six points of the first half for a 36-28 lead.
Walkertown collected several offensive rebounds near the end of the first quarter, which concerned Goins.
“We did not rebound the ball well tonight,” he said. “We were out of position under the goal quite a bit. We’re going to work on that.”
Against some teams, the Bears can rely on their athletic ability to chase down boards, but that doesn’t work against another athletic team, he explained.
The defense only allowed seven points in the third quarter, and the lead grew to 48-35 going into the fourth.
Both teams scored heavily in the final period, but Mount Airy won by 11 points. That improves the team to 13-6 overall and 6-3 in the Northwest, just a game out of second place.
Horton finished with a game-high 21 points and tied with Clay and Carson Mounce for the team lead in rebounding with six.
Carson Mounce also had two blocks, while Khaileel Dailey had four steals.
Dailey added 14 points, Dylan Gallimore 12 and the Mounce brothers six each. Carson Orange added five, Isiah Simmons four, Isaiah King three.
Today, the Bears travel to Atkins, whom they beat by 26 points in December. Then on Friday they have a rematch with conference-leading Winston-Salem Prep.