WALNUT COVE — The Lady Eagles edged South Stokes 65-59 to remain in first place in the conference.
Surry Central improved to 14-4 and 6-0 in the Western Piedmont, a half-game ahead of North Surry (6-1)
In the first meeting, the Eagles had a 12-point lead going into the fourth and barely held on for a one-point win.
In this one, the Eagles took a one-point lead 15-14 after the first quarter and 29-27 at the break.
The Lady Sauras tied the game at 46-all at the end of the third quarter before the Eagles pulled out ahead.
Central started to build a sizable lead late in the game, but the Sauras’ point guard refused to go down easily.
Kelli Mounce hit two late 3-pointers to keep South Stokes in the game.
Central coach Mandy Holt said one of the shots was from way back at the volleyball line a few feet behind the 19-feet, 9-inch arc.
“Mounce played her heart out, but I’m lucky to have a whole team of girls who played their hearts out,” she said.
Cassidy Joyner scored 17 points to go with five boards, four assists and six steals. Sarah Bruce had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Brooke Lewis contributed eight points and seven rebounds, and Tess Dockery scored 12 points.
Marlee Wilmoth had four points, three assists and three steals before fouling out.
Kristin Key scored nine points and McKenzie Danley two.
“It was great team basketball,” said Holt. “That’s what it takes is different people stepping up in different moments.”
The boys’ basketball game went to double-overtime before the Golden Eagles lost by two points. Because of the late finish, further details were not available at press time.