DOBSON — For a time, it looked like Surry Central might wind down its regular season with an upset of West Stokes, the state’s ninth-ranked 2A team according to MaxPreps.com.
The Golden Eagles came out on Senior Night and scored 24 points in the first quarter, and still led by one going to the final period, but the Wildcats were able to pull out a 59-49 victory.
West Stokes (17-7, 8-2 Western Piedmont Athletic Conference) had hoped to claim a share of the WPAC title with a win. Throughout their game with Central, it looked like this was a possibility, as North Surry needed to beat Forbush in another Friday night game in order to take the title outright. The Falcons led the Greyhounds early on and trailed by one at halftime, but North Surry blew the game open late in the third quarter and won 94-74, about 45 minutes after West Stokes had wrapped up its win.
Surry Central senior Chandler Johnson was key to the Eagles’ hopes. The senior hit eight 3-pointers in 15 tries on Friday night, leading everyone with 25 points. Fellow senior Dante’ Hanner provided the muscle in the middle, with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Eagles led by six at the end of the first quarter and maintained that lead through the break, up 31-25 at intermission. The Wildcats were within 40-39 at the end of three, but Central was unable to hold its lead through the last eight minutes of the contest.
The girls’ game was no contest, as the Lady Eagles routed WPAC cellar-dweller West Stokes 55-13.
Central (12-11, 6-4 WPAC) could have secured this victory by just letting freshman Jacee Busick do all of the scoring; she outscored the Lady Wildcats all by herself, with 19 points to go with five rebounds and four steals. However, nine of the 10 players used by the Lady Eagles ended up scoring on a night when Coach Mandy Holt called up two of her JV players. Sophomore Alea Doby, who had made her varsity debut earlier this season at West Stokes, scored the first three varsity points of her career. Sarah Ford, the lone senior on the Lady Eagles, had eight points and 11 steals to go with her four assists. Taylor Coe and Brooke Snow tied as top rebounder with seven each.
Both teams will head into the conference tournament this week.