DOBSON — The Lady Eagles broke loose from a nip-and-tuck game with Elkin to win 53-45 Tuesday night.
In Surry Central’s home opener, the Eagles led by three after the first quarter, but the game was tied at the end of the second and third periods before the home team won the fourth 19-11.
“Sometimes you’re going to have those grind-it-out ballgames,” said Coach Mandy Holt. “I’m really proud of the girls for grinding it out; then they found that extra juice in the fourth and made a run.”
Central’s defense had forced some turnovers in the first three periods, but just didn’t convert enough of them into points, the coach said. In the fourth, some breaks finally went their way, and the Eagles thrived.
After a quick scoring barrage over about four minutes, Holt had the girls slow it down and run the offense patiently to burn some clock.
Cassidy Joyner had 10 points, five steals and three assists. Brooke Lewis had seven points and five steals.
Tess Dockery nine points and three assists. Marlee Wilmoth had 10 points and three steals.
Sarah Bruce led the team with 12 points and seven rebounds. Kelsey Taylor didn’t score, but also had seven boards. Kristin Key scored three and McKenzie Danley two.
Elkin fell to 1-5 on the season with the loss, while the Golden Eagles improved to 4-1.
The Lady Elks return to action Tuesday night against Mountain Valley Conference foe Ashe County.