The Lady Cardinals showed off good ball-handling in a comfortable 71-38 win over Elkin Saturday in the Mount Airy Thanksgiving tournament.
East Surry made 20 assists as a team, and the three wing starters had just two turnovers, noted Coach Keith Gunter.
The Cards held the Lady Elks to just three points in the first quarter and five in the third quarter.
The team has had some issues with its pressure defense, said Gunter. Players haven’t been rotating to the right spots, so he wanted to work on the team’s execution.
The pressure and the man-to-man defense showed improvement, but he said the girls still have some areas for improvement.
One issue is rebounding, he said. Keri Fulp grabbed 10 rebounds, but sometimes the rest of the team just assumes Fulp will get the ball and doesn’t box out. All five players need to box out, he noted.
He was pleased with the offensive execution for the most part. The team got the ball to Fulp frequently. The senior had 20 points and three assists as she passed out of double teams.
Sydney Mosley led the Cards with six assists. Gabi Jessup and Sydney Marion had three assists, and two assists came from Emma Slater, Lauren Thompson and Kacie Markle.
The good passing allowed five players to score eight or more points.
After Fulp’s 20, Jessup had 12 points, Laken Bowman nine, Markle and Mosley eight. Marion scored four, Thompson three and Slater, Jessi Marion and Karli Fulp had two each.
The Cards got some good looks by hustling up and down the floor. The running and the big lead allowed Gunter to make frequent substitutions to keep players fresh.
That also allowed the young players to get some valuable game-time experience, he added.
The Cardinals travel to East Wilkes on Monday before the first conference game Dec. 4 with West Stokes.
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