FOREST CITY — Surry Central’s Cassidy Joyner battled through illness and a tough opponent to break the school career scoring record in a 74-62 playoff loss.
The Lady Eagles fell in the second round of the state 2A playoffs to East Rutherford and its career scoring leader, Rachel Camp.
There has been a stomach virus going around, and Cassidy woke up sick around 4 a.m., said Coach Mandy Holt. She was ill all day and sat out most of the first half.
The Lady Cavaliers took advantage to go up 21-14 in the first quarter. Camp led the way — she averages 28 points a game and has more than 3,000 in her career, noted Holt.
The Lady Eagles played the Cavaliers close after that. They were just one point less in both the second and third quarters, but that still moved the lead to nine to start the fourth quarter.
Not only was Joyner sick, but point guard Tess Dockery hurt her hand. Holt said she wasn’t sure if it was the upper part of a finger or the hand, but Tess might have suffered a broken bone, but didn’t want to come out.
Dockery was to be evaluated after the game.
With those two limited, everyone else on the team really stepped up their efforts, said Holt.
Brooke Lewis was diving all over the floor. Marlee Wilmoth was flying all over the floor, and McKenzie Danley and Kelsey Taylor gave it everything they had, too, the coach said.
Needing scoring, the coach kept Sarah Bruce on the floor all 32 minutes. The senior led the team with 21 points and four rebounds.
Sarah finished her career one game shy of reaching 1,000 career points, Holt said. She is 10 or 12 points short of the milestone and probably would have reached it if the snowfall hadn’t canceled a game with Mount Airy, she noted.
With about 30 seconds, Joyner was about to pass out on the court, said Holt. “She left it all out on the floor.”
In her last game, Joyner scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, two steals and dished out five assists.
She came into the game nine points behind Christy Snow, class of 1986, who had 1,477 points.
Joyner finishes her career with 1,485. This is the second time in three years that Central has crowned a new scoring leader. Ethan Wilmoth broke the boys’ all-time record in 2012.
Despite her injury, Dockery finished with 10 points, four boards and a steal.
Lewis had a team-high seven rebounds to go with three points, two assists and five deflections.
Taylor had six points and five rebounds, Wilmoth three points, four boards and three assists. Danley added two points and two assists.
Camp still reached her season average, but the Eagle defense forced her into several turnovers, said Holt.
With a loss by the West Stokes boys, the area teams are all finished in the 2A playoffs.