The Lady Bears gave Chatham Central shell shock in the first half and coasted to a 31-point win to open the 1A state playoffs.
Mount Airy bombarded the visiting team with 56 points in the first half, an average of nearly four points a minute. The Bears won 80-49 and travel to Albemarle on Wednesday for round two.
“I think you saw the strength of our conference tonight … with how we took care of our opponent,” said Coach Howard Mayo.
Not only did Northwest third-seed Bears blow out an opponent, but the fourth-place team from the Northwest, Atkins, also walloped its first-round victim.
Alex Atkins, Davi Barbour and Ayano Shelton all reached double figures in the first half alone.
Barbour finished with a team-high 18 points and five assists. Atkins had 14 points and a team-high three blocks. Kathryn Beasley had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Shelton finished with 10 points, Jasmine Varney nine, Mikayla Seivers seven, Halee Ratcliff and Alexis France four each, and Skyler Flippen, Sarah Lankford and Madison Hall two each.
As a team, the Bears handed out 20 assists on 25 baskets.
As for Albemarle on Wednesday, The overall top seed in the Western bracket has a good post player and a guard who can shoot the ball very well, according to Mayo.
* In another Northwest game, East Surry fell to East Montgomery 77-54. In a matchup of the 3/14 seeds, the home team proved too quick for the Lady Cardinals.
“We got down 13-1 and never recovered,” said Coach Keith Gunter. “Made too many mistakes on offense early.”
Danasia Dumas had four three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 32 points.
East’s lone senior, Gabi Jessup, went into the game needing 20 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
Jessup led the team with 26 points to reach the milestone.
Sydney Mosley added 14, Jessi Marion four, Kacie Markle three and three others with two points each.
* In what was an upset as far as seeding, 11th-seeded Atkins beat sixth-seeded South Davidson 57-33. Atkins actually had the better record at 18-7 to South Davidson’s 16-7, but South’s seeding was higher because of where it finished in its home conference.
Bishop McGuinness beat Voyager Academy 65-28 to begin its defense of the 1A state title.