North Surry’s team camp ended today with the Lady Hounds winning in convincing fashion.
Friday game against East Wilkes concluded the two-day, six-game tournament for eight teams ranging from Carroll County to Caldwell County. The Lady Hounds were joined by crosstown rival Mount Airy, as well as teams from East Wilkes, Carroll County, Alleghany, North Wilkes, West Caldwell, and Galax high schools.
The Greyhounds dropped their first two games of the day in close battles with Galax and North Wilkes. The Hounds’ 38-20 win against East Wilkes put the hosts at 3-3. Sophomore Jessi Shelnutt showed no signs of exhaustion by scoring the first eight points for North Surry. Shelnutt finished with 16 points.
The Lady Bears of Mount Airy High School defeated Galax in their opener on Friday. Next was a rematch against North Wilkes, a team Mount Airy competed against as part of their Catawba Camp last weekend. Coach Angela Mayfield said her team didn’t play to their potential at Catawba, and thought the team did much better at North Surry’s camp. The Bears lost a close game without their only returning starter, Shaunae Sawyers.
The final game for Mount Airy was the team’s 19th game in eight days and the exhaustion showed. The Bears persevered and ultimately fell 41-38 to the Alleghany Trojans, who they faced in the second round of last year’s 1A state playoffs.
“That last game, we were out of gas,” Mayfield said. “We competed these last couple of days, but obviously we’re not where we want to be come December.”
One of the biggest obstacles for the Bears is size. Four of the five graduating seniors from last season were forwards.
“I know that we don’t have a lot of size, so we need to continue playing fast,” Mayfield said. “The biggest part of summer ball is having people understand that they have to take on bigger roles than in the past. They have to be a scoring threat and can’t rely on returning players to carry the load.”
The team has a long way to go if they want to rebuild a championship team, but they have plenty of time to do so with the season opener more than four months away.
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