ELKIN — Surry Central’s girls’ basketball team had several frustrating losses last season, in which the Lady Eagles played a strong opponent evenly for nearly the entire game, only to come up just short at the end. Some of the most notable instances of that happened in games against an Elkin team that won 25 games last winter.
The Lady Eagles found a way to rectify that problem when they got their first look at the Lady Elks on Monday night. They simply didn’t let Elkin get close enough to steal a win, using a strong second half to produce a 51-33 blowout.
The Lady Elks (5-3) kept the game close for a half, trailing just 17-14 in their own gym at the break. However, Surry Central (4-4) scored 17 points in each of the final two quarters and quickly broke the game open.
The Lady Eagles had two players who were simply too tough for their hosts all evening long. Sophomore Taylor Cochran had 12 points and five steals, and disrupted the Lady Elks’ offense throughout the contest. Freshman Jacee Busick racked up 18 points, 13 rebounds and nine steals.
“Taylor had 12 deflections on defense,” said Surry Central head coach Mandy Holt. “She was just all over the place. And Jacee only missed a triple-double by one steal. This was a good win all around.”
In addition to Busick and Cochran, Central got five points, four rebounds and three steals from Joley Cabe, five assists and four steals from Sarah Ford, six points from Taylor Coe, eight points and four steals from Claire Via, and two points from Brooke Snow.
Both Central teams are off until they open plat in the SouthData Classic on Thursday. Both Central teams will be at North Surry that day to play Mount Tabor.
Surry Central 57, Elkin 36
Surry Central’s boys improved to 3-5 overall with a 57-36 road victory over the Buckin’ Elks in the nightcap. The Eagles led by 10 points after holding their hosts to just three points in the opening quarter, and had a commanding 27-11 advantage going into intermission.
Senior Dante’ Hanner led the attack for the Golden Eagles, scoring 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field and also grabbing a dozen rebounds. Ethan Danley added seven, with Martin Palacios, Michael Roberts and Chandler Johnson each tallying five. As a team, Central had 37 rebounds, with Noah Wilmoth next after Hanner with five. Mason Mood and Danley each had four. Hanner and Johnson each had three of the team’s 14 total steals.