DOBSON — Resilient.
That’s the word East Surry head coach Jason Anderson uttered about his team’s 46-45 road victory over Surry Central Friday night. The Cardinals tallied their first win of the season.
Both teams were hoping to accrue their first victory, and both fought extremely hard in the process.
It all started in the first quarter… no, really.
With three seconds left to go in the first, East Surry’s John Marion drained a three to pull his team within one. It was then a 9-8 ballgame, with the host Eagles on top.
The teams seesawed from there and East Surry took the lead. A Chandler Johnson bucket from three-point range reduced the Golden Eagles’ shortage to only one, at 17-16, but the Cardinals’ Burke Adam responded with adding a three of his own, increasing the Cardinals’ lead to four. The visitors led 26-21 at halftime.
Thirty seconds into the third quarter, the presence of Surry Central’s own Dreven Harrison manufactured four quick points to pull his team back within one. But East Surry’s Luke Cartwright answered with a board and fast basket.
The largest lead of the game came with 3:52 left in the third quarter, when Cartwright sank a free throw to put the Cardinals ahead by seven. Surry Central responded when Drevon Harrison made both of his foul shots to make it 34-29. Danté Hanner for Surry Central drained a three to move the Golden Eagles’closer.
Another key moment for Hanner came when he pulled a quick jumper with 5:40 left in the ball game to pull his team back within two once again at 39-37. Harrison pulled the Eagles even at 41-41 with 2:20 left in the game when he drove through the middle and scored off of a not-so-easy layup.
It was 44-43 with less than a minute to play when Hanner added another two points. Surry Central coach Myles Wilmoth called a timeout, his first of the game.
Fifteen seconds passed with no score and steals by both teams.The Cardinals finally scored two more points to lead 46-43 with 21.2 seconds to go. Wilmoth called time again and three seconds later, Hanner drew a foul and made his way to the line. He went 2 for 2, making it 46-45.
The Eagles got the ball back in the final seconds but were unable to score a game-winning basket.
The Cardinals shot 53 percent from the field from inside the arc. On the night, the Cardinals had both 17 offensive rebounds and 17 defensive rebounds, but kept the hosts in the game by committing 17 turnovers.
“I think as a group we are starting to mesh, and we are starting to come together. Everybody on that bench stayed pumped up and positive. No one got down on anyone,” said Anderson.
Freshman Jefferson Boaz for the Cardinals massed 10 points and shot 71% from 2-point field goal range. He also recorded eight total rebounds and a block. Marion and Cartwright also scored 10 points on the night.
“We are a very young team, and we only had three practices,” said Anderson. “You’ve got to credit Central too. They did a great job defensively and forced into some of those shots that we missed. We kept grinding for a win.”
East Surry will host North Stokes on Tuesday night, and Surry Central will host North Wilkes that evening as well.
Surry Central 49, East Surry 24
In the girls’ game, East Surry was held in scoreless the first five minutes of play, and that was a sign of things to come, as Surry Central won by a 49-24 mark.
Surry Central coach Mandy Holt was ‘very pleased’ with her team’s collaborative success.
The Golden Eagles made their presence known, and made it known quick, as they built a 16-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. Surry Central (1-1) set the ball up, and consecutively beat their opponent down the stretch.
By the half, the Lady Cardinals had already committed 13 turnovers to Central’s 7.
The Lady Eagles were in control throughout, but a minute and half into the third quarter, East Surry tried to shift the momentum as Morgan Smith netted a basket. Teammate Tara Beck followed with her first basket shortly after missing a pair of free throws, and her team was back within 14. With two minutes left in the third, East Surry’s Bethany Clayton made a phenomenal blocked shot, but the Golden Eagles had already restored order and rolled to a 40-19 lead after three quarters.
Surry Central outscored East Surry by only five points in the fourth quarter. Morgan Smith for East Surry was one of two players to connect with the basket in the fourth, the other being Madison Bowman.
On the night, Maddi Pennington and Beck both had four points each. Haley Jennelle finished with five points and Cheyanne Fresch recorded one point.
Jacee Busick was the top scorer for Surry Central. She posted 17 points, with her field goal percentage resting at 60 percent. She also clinched seven total rebounds, but she isn’t the only Golden Eagle that produced Friday night. Joley Cabe tallied 10 points herself. Taylor Cochran and Savanah Atkins each pulled five boards each in their team’s win. Another productive individual bearing the Surry Central colors was that of Taylor Coe, with seven points and four rebounds. One might not know it, because her presence on the score sheet was only displayed with two points, but Sarah ford had seven assists on the night.
“This is just the second game of the season, but it is nice to go ahead and get a ‘W.’ I thought the defense was great and I thought we worked together as a team, especially when trying to create some turnovers and to get some fastbreak opportunities,” said Holt. “This is a team that always comes in and works hard, and doesn’t necessarily care who receives the credit.”
“I really thought we played team basketball. I thought we shared the basketball as well. If you want to win, it’s got to be team basketball,” said Holt.