WEST JEFFERSON — The North Surry boys basketball team used an offensive explosion in the fourth quarter to sneak past Ashe County on Monday night in a 90-82 victory.
After an overtime loss to their bitter rivals in Mount Airy on Friday, North Surry was able to avoid any sort of hangover against the Huskies.
“I was actually surprised we were so effective on the offensive end,” Greyhound coach Kevin King said. “I thought it was going to be an ugly game, but if you don’t like defense, this was a fun game to watch.”
North Surry (2-1) came into the final period trailing 61-60, but Mason Hawks scored 13 of his 18 points in the period and propelled the Greyhounds to a non-conference win.
“The biggest thing was we got a few stops in the middle of the (fourth) quarter and scored on the other end to make it a five-, six-point lead. We stretched the lead and we were able to finish it out,” King said.
North Surry’s offense was efficient throughout the evening, scoring at least 16 points in every quarter. Four Hounds, including Hawks, scored at least 18 points. Carter Phillips led the way with 24, followed by Kendal Tucker who had 22 and Luke Cartwright’s 20-point total.
Cartwright was Hawks’ right-hand man as North Surry pulled away in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-7 center scored 10 points in the final period.
Lady Hounds cruise past Huskies
The girls basketball team at North Surry came out flat in its contest against Ashe on Monday and only scored five points in a first quarter that finished with a three-point deficit.
However, the Lady Hounds (2-2) came to life in the second period, outscoring the Huskies 20-6 and paving the way for a 47-32 victory that ended a two-game losing streak.
North Surry held a 25-14 lead at halftime and eventually built its advantage to 14 inside the third quarter. This substantial lead allowed the Lady Hounds to cruise to victory in the final period.
Maggie Hawks led North Surry with 15 points and five rebounds. She also accounted for six steals.
Mikaela Johnson followed her, posting eight points and recording two blocks.
Both of North Surry’s teams will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Pilot Mountain to take on the East Surry Cardinals.