HAYS — A strong first quarter and an efficient night from Cole Leonard propelled the Surry Central boys basketball team to a 72-62 victory over North Wilkes in the Golden Eagles’ first game of the year.
Surry Central (1-0) jumped out to an 11-point advantage early in Tuesday’s contest and held a 31-23 lead at the half. North Wilkes (0-2) made a couple runs, but the Vikings couldn’t keep up with the torrid shooting from Leonard.
The Golden Eagles’ senior point guard scored 35 points while converting 14 of his 16 field goal attempts. One of Leonard’s two misses was a half-court heave as the buzzer sounded to finish off the second quarter.
Aside from Leonard, juniors Jeremy Patterson and Dreven Harrison were the Golden Eagles’ biggest contributors in the scoring column on Tuesday. Patterson chipped in nine points while Harrison added eight.
The girls squad didn’t experience the same success against North Wilkes, falling to the Vikings 60-17.
Both teams will be in action again on Dec. 1 in a road game at Wilkes Central before a couple of rivalry bouts against Mount Airy and East Surry at home later that week.