MOUNT AIRY — For years, teams knew that if they came into the Mount Airy gym and took on one of Howard Mayo’s teams, they would have to battle hard for a victory. The Lady Bears of Mount Airy routed Forbush 70-38 in the night’s first semifinal of the Lady Bears Classic. Mount Airy (8-0) was expected by many to receive a challenge from Forbush, but hit ten three-pointers in the first half and led 46-21 at the break. The Lady Falcons (11-2) were never able to close the gap and trailed by as many as 37 at one point in the game.
A little-known fact about bears is that it’s unwise to get in a footrace with one. They can move at up to 30 mph.
The visiting Lady Falcons made that mistake on Wednesday night, and paid dearly for it in the first semifinal game.
“We just wanted to come out and play our game, and we knew Forbush liked to run as well,” said Mount Airy coach Angela Mayfield. “I just told them to out-run them. I feel like we can out-run a lot of teams, and if we’re willing to expend that energy, pushing the ball up the floor, good things will happen.”
The Lady Bears scored the first seven points of the game, the last coming on a 3-pointer from Shaunae Sawyers just 73 seconds in, and forced Forbush coach Bradley Shore to expend a time-out. His Parkley Hennings got the visitors on the board with two free throws, but that didn’t slow down Mount Airy at all. In quick succession, Madeline Mayfield scored off a fast-break, then Asherah Smith threw long to Sawyers for an easy deuce, and Jo Snow fired in back-to-back 3-pointers from the same spot on the left wing. At the 3:22 mark, Shore was calling time again, with the Lady Falcons trailing 17-6.
The Lady Bears continued to pour it on. Snow and Sawyers each had another three before the end of the opening period, which ended with Mount Airy on top 25-9.
The second quarter was more of the same, except that Arry Ward got in on the fun by gunning in two treys of her own on back-to-back possessions. Ward opened the third quarter with another three, then scored on a put back to push the lead to 30, at at 51-21 with 6:50 left n the third. The Lady Bears led by as many as 35 in the quarter and were up 31 going to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Ward came back in for a few minutes and had blocked shots on three consecutive possessions, while a lineup consisting of her, one other starter and three reserves briefly built the lead back to 37 before Mayfield completely cleared the bench.
Casey Brown led Forbush with 12 points. Hennings and Nicole Scott added six each, Sidney Matthews five, and Calyn Davis four. Hope Grimes and Miriana Lyon each had two, and Kara Scott one.
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