Make it 4-for-4 for the Lady Bears of Mount Airy, and a season sweep of county rival North Surry.
Mount Airy improved its overall record to 4-0 on Tuesday night, following up last week’s 55-40 win over the Lady Hounds with a 55-39 victory when the teams met in the Lady Bears’ gym.
“I was really tickled with how tough we played, especially after our senior leader (forward Lexi France) got hurt there in the first quarter,” said Mount Airy coach Angela Mayfield. “It was kind of emotional for our girls, and they made a statement there in the huddle that we all are going to do this for Lexi. We dug down and played really tough, especially defensively.”
Mount Airy had three 3-pointers after just two minutes of action. In the opening quarter, Jo Snow and Asherah Smith had five points each, and Shaunae Sawyers had a 3-pointer.
For North Surry, it was Mikaela Johnson who quickly introduced her offensive power. Johnson was responsible for eight of her teams twelve first-quarter points. Hannah Moxley and Elle Sutphin both netted one each.
After one, the score was 13-12, with Mount Airy claiming the lead.
The Lady Bears’ second quarter seemed to have done the most damage to the Lady Hounds, as Mount Airy outscored their guests and built their lead to 32-25 by the break. Snow swished another three. Madeline Mayfield put up her first bucket and Smith added another three, but it was Shaunae Sawyers’ 10 points that helped put the hosts in control.
Sutphin did her best to keep North in the game with nine points in the second quarter.
However, the Lady Bears had more in reserve. Arry Ward came off the bench in the third quarter and hit two 3-pointers. Sawyers posted five points of her own in the period, and no one from North Surry could pose a serious scoring threat. In the meantime, Mount Airy was also winning the battle on the boards.
“We have had different players step up every game… and North Surry is a very tough team, they are well-coached and you just have a lot of respect for a team like that,” Mayfield said. “For us to do such a good job on the boards, we made a statement and I thought we really showed that we wanted the game right there.”
Even if the margins were small, Mount Airy outscored North Surry every quarter of play on Tuesday and gradually built a commanding lead on the scoreboard. Mount Airy added eleven more in the fourth, courtesy of Mayfield, Sawyers, Ward and Smith, while North had only two points each from Maggie Hawks, Tiana Shuff and Johnson.
France missed the rest of the game after leaving in the first quarter with an injury, but early reports were that it wasn’t serious.
Mount Airy will travel to North Forsyth to face the Vikings on Thursday on the opening day of the SouthData Winter Classic, while North Surry hosts Reagan in its SouthData opener that night.