EAST BEND — North Surry posted a 57-point first half on Wednesday night and opened up the third quarter with a running clock as they defeated the Carver Yellowjackets 78-24 to advance to tonight’s finals of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament.
In the first quarter, North Surry held Carver scoreless for the first three minutes of action, and by the time the Yellowjackets posted their first point, the Lady Hounds already had an eight-point lead. In the first three minutes, Jessy Nichols and Elle Sutphin each had a basket, while Mikaela Johnson scored twice. Once Carver finally got on the board, it did not score again during the next two minutes. During that time, North Surry ran away and added another 10 points to their lead from Johnson, who added six additional points, while Sutphin and Shuff chipped in a basket each. But North was far from done. Myia West posted a quick four points and then Sutphin went on a dominant run of her own, scoring nine points in the span of less than a minute. By the end of the first quarter, this game was all but over, with the Lady Hounds already on top 33-5.
Carver opened the second quarter up with three points, but North Surry answered with a 12-0 run. Tiana Shuff had four, Johnson three, Arin Bunker three and Sutphin two more. After Carver managed another three points, Martha Holt joined the party when she registered her first basket. Before time expired on the first half, she totaled six points on close-range jumpers. By the half, North Surry was up by 42 points, which meant that an obligatory 40-pt running clock would begin as soon as the third quarter started.
In the third quarter, the Lady Hounds posted another 12 points to Carver’s six. Of the 12, Johnson claimed half. Moxley, West and Sutphin also contributed with a hoop each. At the end of the third quarter, North Surry led 69-21.
Carver claimed the first fourth quarter score, but finished out the game by adding only three more. Lexie Eads was one of two Greyhounds to add to the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. The other Lady Hound who netted one in the fourth was Callie Willard. Eads scored seven points by the end of the night.
In the win, Johnson led the Greyhounds with 19 points. Sutphin came in close behind Johnson with 17, and Shuff posted 10.
Moxley led North Surry with four assists. Hawks, Duncan and West all registered three.
The Lady Hounds (20-5) will play tonight for the championship against regular-season runner-up Forbush (21-4) at 6 p.m., on the Lady Falcons’ home court. Forbush defeated Surry Central 61-54 in Thursday’s semifinal.