WILKESBORO — The Surry Central boys basketball team couldn’t finish off an impressive second-half rally in a 65-64 loss to Wilkes Central on Tuesday night.
Surry Central (1-1) trailed 37-28 at halftime, but cut the deficit to four heading into the final period. The Golden Eagles just couldn’t quite get over the hump and some late turnovers proved costly
“We struggled to match their intensity in the first half,” Surry Central assistant coach Mason Midcliff said. “We came out in the second half though and played aggressive and turned it around. Some untimely errors in the end really hurt.”
For the second straight game, Cole Leonard was Surry Central’s leading scorer with 21 points. He scored eight and went 6-8 from the charity-stripe in the final period.
Jeremy Patterson (11) and Chandler Johnson (13) also reached double-figures on the evening.
The Golden Eagles will play their first home game of the season on Wednesday against Mount Airy.
SC girls fall
In the girls game, the Lady Eagles got off to a slow start, and despite a strong showing in the second half, couldn’t dig out of their early hole and lost 58-34 to Wilkes Central.
“We started out missing layups and chip shots,” said Central coach Mandy Holt. “We got off to a slow start, but hung in there for a while before they started to build up a lead.”
The Lady Eagles trailed 33-13 at intermission, but then finally started to hit some shots in the third quarter, and closed the gap on Wilkes Central, at one point getting to within 13 points and forcing the hosts to call a timeout.
Wilkes Central (2-2) steadied itself after that and was able to maintain an advantage the rest of the way, but Holt was pleased that her team fought back after the miserable start.
“I was really pleased with the girls’ intensity and effort,” she said. “We were getting to the basket, but we’ve got to do a better job of converting.”
Claire Via led the team with eight points. Sarah Ford and Makenzie Mooney each scored six, Taylor Cochran and Alora Largen four each, Hannah Beasley three, Mallory Wilmoth two, and Taylor Coe one. Mooney was the high rebounder, with eight. Coe had seven and Ford grabbed five.