DOBSON — The Lady Eagles outscored Maiden 27-9 in the third quarter to blow open a close game.
Surry Central advanced to the second round of the state 2A playoffs with a 69-49 win Monday at home.
The Eagles led 18-12 after the first quarter and 29-20 at the break, but it was the explosion in the third frame that gave the home team the win.
“It was our defensive pressure,” said Coach Mandy Holt. “We came out firing, ready to play. … It was great team basketball tonight — very unselfish, hustling.”
Several players stuffed the stat sheet with lots of contributions.
“Tess Dockery flat got after it,” said Holt. The senior guard ended up with 15 points, four rebounds, five assists, seven steals and five deflections. Perhaps even more importantly, she did all that while committing just one foul and zero turnovers.
Players didn’t care who scored, they were hustling nonetheless, the coach said.
Kelsey Taylor had just two points, but made three steals and grabbed five rebounds. Marlee Wilmoth had one point, but four rebounds, five assists, three steals and six deflections.
Sarah Bruce had 11 points, four steals and a team-high eight rebounds. Brooke Lewis added nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals.
Cassidy Joyner led all scorers with 21 points.
Holt said she is expecting to go to East Rutherfordton on Wednesday, but the final results of that game with Draughn were not available at press time.