BOONVILLE — Surry Central’s girls basketball team looked like a team ready to mix it up in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.
In the team’s last game before entering conference play tonight at home against Carver, coach Mandy Holt and her Lady Eagles improved to an overall 6-5 record after defeating Starmount 64-25 on Friday night.
The Lady Rams were held scoreless during the first five and a half minutes in the first quarter of the game.
Surry Central picked up their first score 10 seconds into the contest and never let up. Jacee Busick drove to the basket to put the Golden Eagles on the board. Busick finished with six points in the first, on two layups and two shots from the line. Taylor Coe netted a basket right after Busick. Taylor Cochran and Claire Via also scored early on, and helped contribute with Surry Central’s early 12-0 run. There were 20 seconds left on the clock in the first when Joley Cabe made her mark. Cabe swished a three-pointer to carry her team into the second with a 10-point lead.
All five starters for Surry Central scored in the first quarter, which led 19-9 at that point.
Starmount started off the second with a nice three-pointer, which trimmed their deficit to seven points, but that Lady Rams would never be that close again. Cochran, Cabe and Snow powered the Central offense as the Lady Eagles stretched the lead out once more. Cabe found an open Brooke Snow in the paint for her first points, and the team took it from there, racking up a 32-15 lead by the half.
Starmount scored first again in the third, but Busick responded with a 3-pointer, a minute into the third quarter. Busick finished the third with ten points. Cabe hit another 3-pointer to finish the third, and the Lady Eagles had a comfortable 48-20 lead, having outscored Starmount 16-7 in that quarter.
The Lady Eagles’ defense only allowed their hosts to score three points in the fourth quarter, while they tallied another 15 points. Hannah Beasley scored her first basket of the night, which happened to be a 3-pointer.
“We were just trying to keep the momentum up, and just to get after it defensively, especially after not playing any games this week… the last game we played was in the SouthData Tournament. We just wanted to come out here and see what we could make happen,” said Holt.
Surry Central held Starmount to an overall field goal percentage of 22%. In the victory, Jacee Busick finished with 19 points. Brooke Snow grabbed eight rebounds and Taylor Coe grabbed seven. Claire Via also had 6 assists.
“We are just ready to get back in the gym and continue what we’ve been building for all year, and that is conference play,” said Holt.
That begins tonight with a visit from Carver.