WINSTON-SALEM — Two days and zero practices after a disappointing loss to the East Surry, the Surry Central girls basketball team returned to the hardwood on Monday and got back on track in a 49-29 victory over the North Forsyth Vikings.
A high-pressure defense allowed the Lady Eagles (3-5) to cruise to victory, as they forced 19 steals and yielded 10 points or more in only one quarter.
“That’s the best medicine for a loss. To come out the next game and immediately get a win,” Surry Central coach Mandy Holt said. “We’ve got some confidence back, and a win makes practice a little easier with a little more energy.”
Aside from the plethora of turnovers caused by Surry Central, North Forsyth (2-7) struggled in the rebounding department despite carrying two girls at six feet tall. The Lady Eagles did a nice job boxing out and having backside help when they had to front the post, according to Holt.
On the offensive end, Surry Central took advantage of its speed and pushed the ball consistently after missed shots and forced turnovers. Claire Via led the way with 13 points and five rebounds, but all 10 Lady Eagles found the bottom of the net in a balanced attack.
Surry Central executed well in the half-court when it couldn’t get out in transition. The Vikings played a zone defense, and Holt said her team did a good job knocking down shots and finding the open player.
Taylor Coe was second on the team with 11 points and Sarah Ford chipped in six points five assists and four steals. Mallory Wilmoth and Makenzie Mooney both were key factors in their team’s success on the board recording five rebounds apiece.
North Forsyth 76 Surry Central 73
The Golden Eagles’ boys team fought to the end on Monday night against a talented 3A team from Winston-Salem but fell just short at the end.
Surry Central (2-6) entered the fourth quarter facing a 52-48 deficit, but the Vikings (4-3) quickly extended their lead to 13 early in the period. The Eagles fought back and made it a one point game, but they couldn’t quite get over the hump in a 76-73 defeat.
The biggest factor preventing the Golden Eagles from coming away with a victory was a 27-13 loss in the turnover margin.
Four different players reached double-digit scoring for Surry Central, led by junior Dreven Harrison with 17 points on 7-12 shooting. Cole Leonard (14 points), Chandler Johnson (12) and Zach Cochran (10) followed him. Johnson and Cochran each made two three-pointers on the evening.
Both of Surry Central’s teams won’t get back in action until Friday night, when they return to Winston-Salem to take on the Reagan Raiders.