DOBSON — Surry Central quickly vanquished any impending threat made by visiting Elkin to improve to 6-1 on Thursday night.
It was a true team effort in the Lady Eagles’ 60-34 pounding of Elkin High School. All nine players scored in the game, with seven players scoring at least five points.
The start of the game certainly wasn’t what the home team was hoping for. While the Eagles were able to contain the Elks on defense, Central struggled to put the ball in the basket with only 11 first quarter points. It took nearly six minutes for the Eagles to put seven points on the board, holding the Elks to just five points in that span.
Things began to fall in place for Elkin as the second quarter began. A 7-2 run, with five points coming from freshman Audrey Jennings, got the visitors back in the game. Jennings’ surge, combined with more shooting struggles from the Eagles, made it a 15-14 game with Central barely hanging on to the lead.
From this point, Central woke up and began to dominate the glass. The Eagles transitioned from perimeter shooting to the low block. Tara Blevins was the ignition for this movement with back-to-back putbacks.
Ball movement led to better shot selection on the Eagles’ part. Facilitated by Joley Cabe and Savanah Atkins, the Golden Eagles’ passing allowed seven different players to score in the quarter.
The end of the second quarter and beginning of the third quarter saw the Eagles outscore the Lady Elks 14-5. Taylor Coe took command of the low block with a trio of post-up baskets. Any shot the team missed was cleaned up by Blevins, who was by far the best offensive rebounder on either team Thursday.
Jennings fought to bring the Elks, back but couldn’t do everything herself. Jennings scored seven of her 11 points for her team in the third quarter. Chloe Osborne and Catie Beth Brown each added a basket to round out the period.
Surry Central extended its halftime lead of 27-17 to 43-28 going to the fourth quarter. However, the team wasn’t ready to simply run out the clock.
The Lady Eagles tallied 17 points in the fourth quarter, their highest quarter total of the night, while also holding the Elks to just six.
Cabe and Taylor Cochran combined for three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after Central made one as a team in the first three quarter.
The Eagles ended the game by scoring nine straight to secure a 26-point victory.
Jennings led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Central’s Cochran with 12, and Cabe and Coe with 10 apiece.
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