PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Lady Cards aced the Elks Wednesday in heart, teamwork, good defense and aggressive scoring and won 68-34.
The Lady Cards went to 12-1 overall and are 5-1 in the conference, said Head Coach Keith Gunter.
In the Cards versus Elks opening jump ball, Cardinal Keri Fulp tipped the ball directly into her teammates’ hands and the Cards wasted little time working to capitalize every shot opportunity. The Cards scored 18 points in the first quarter and Lauren Thompson had the Cards’ quarter high of six points. Sydney Mosley, Laken Bowman, Gabi Jessup and Sydney Marion each put in two apiece for the team effort, forcing a hard-driving Card tempo against the Elks.
The game’s high scorer, Gabi Jessup, pitched in 17 points and had at least three baskets that were three-pointers. Two of her three-pointers were made in the second quarter. Karli Fulp also hit two three-pointers in the second quarter. Gunter said Karli Fulp had her career high of nine points against Elkin on Wednesday and scored the most ever in a varsity game.
Gunter said, “We wanted to get an early lead, and work on some things and we did that.”
The team went into half-time with a score of 40-16 accomplishing its first-half objective.
Kacie Markle had 11 points and 14 rebounds and it is her first double-double, said Gunter.
Gunter said, “We will have to have her play well also against North Surry on Friday, and I was glad that she could build some confidence during this game.”
The coach said he saw some areas that need work before Friday’s game but did not reveal what they were.
Gunter said, “Keri Fulp did get into some foul trouble and I was pleased when the other post players, Sydney Mosley and Kacie Markle, stepped up and played well.”
The head coach said his players had the opportunity to impress the coach in the game against Elkin, and they did. The team stepped up and were strong in depth coming off the bench, he said.
The Cards will face the top-ranked North Surry on Friday at home. The Greyhounds are 6-0 in the conference and are ranked number one in the conference, so far.
“The competition between North Surry, East Surry and Surry Central is a great atmosphere for high school girls basketball,” Gunter said.
The Cardinal scorers were: Gabi Jessup, 17; Kacie Markle, 11; Sydney Mosley, 9; Karli Fulp, 9; Keri Fulp, 8; Lauren Thompson, 6; Sydney Marion, 4; Emma Slater, 2; and Laken Bowman, 2.
Gunter also said Thompson had the game high of four steals against the Elks and five assists.