The Mount Airy News
TOAST — North Surry’s boys basketball team used a late rally to get past visiting Forbush 72-65 in overtime Tuesday night.
Blaize Brintle led the Greyhounds with a game-high 24 points.
Also hitting double figures for the Greyhounds (10-9 overall, 6-4 in the Mountain Valley 2-A Conference) were Tanner Hiatt (15 points) and J.B. Coram (14 points).
Kerry Norman led the Falcons (3-14, 2-7) with 23 points.
Early on, it was back and fourth with neither team being able to pull away as North took a 14-10 first quarter lead. In the second quarter it was much of the same as both teams would score 14 points in the quarter to give the Greyhounds a 28-24 lead going into the lockeroom.
In the second half, Forbush came out on fire beginning the half on an 8-0 run.
North Surry boys basketball coach Chris Butler said the Greyhounds came out flat to start the half.
“They came out with more energy,” Butler said. “We have come out flat to start the second half in the past three games.”
With Forbush up 45-40 with five seconds left in the third quarter, North scored four quick points sparked by Coram’s second slam dunk of the night. That cut the lead down to one heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter Forbush looked to pull away up 56-49 with four minutes remaining.
However, the Greyhounds wouldn’t roll over as they made an 8-0 run to take the lead at 57-56.
“We were down seven and made a run, that just shows you what kind of team we have.” Butler said.
With the score knotted at 60-all, Forbush’s Matthew Smitherman picked up a loose ball and laid it in to give the Falcons a two point lead with less than 30 seconds left.
After a missed shot, Hiatt picked up the offensive rebound and connected on the putback with 10 seconds remaining.
Forbush’s last second shot to win the game came up short, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Greyhounds outscored the Falcons 10-3 to take the seven-point win.
Butler said the win was good for his team despite the performance.
“All wins are good this late in the season,” he said. “I am just happy with the effort our guys showed tonight and happy we got the win.”
North Surry travels to Starmount on Friday.
Lady Hounds stop Forbush
In girls action North Surry used a big first quarter to get past visiting Forbush 47-26.
In the first quarter, Forbush got on the bored first but after that it was all Greyhounds as they would end the first quarter on a 19-2 run to take a 19-4 lead into the second quarter.
“The big start was something we hadn’t done in three games,” North Surry girls basketball coach Shane Slate said. “We forced some turnovers and limited their good looks, but we were also very patient on the offensive end to get the lead.”
In the second quarter, North outscored the Falcons 15-9 to push their lead to 34-13 at halftime.
In the second half with the game well in hand, North Surry put it on cruise control as the would coast to the victory.
Slate said his team responded well to its loss last Friday against Ashe County.
“Our word tonight was RESPOND,” Slate said. “I think we came out with great energy and we put ourselves in position to get second place in the conference and to get a home game come playoff time.”
Emily Culler lead the balanced Greyhound attack with 11 points, while Courtney Campbell chipped in with nine. Lauren Williams led Forbush with eight points.
NORTH SURRY 72, FORBUSH 65 (OT)
NORTH SURRY 14 14 16 18 10 — 72
FORBUSH 10 14 21 17 3 — 65
NORTH SURRY — Blaize Brintle 24, Tanner Hiatt 15, J.B. Coram 14, Easter 9, Hughes 6, Mack 4.
FORBUSH — Kerry Norman 23, Matthew Smitherman 17, Kerry Russell 11, Brendle 2, Hutchinson 2, Lujano 4, Brown 2, Butner 4.
NORTH SURRY 47, FORBUSH 26
NORTH SURRY 19 15 9 4 — 47
FORBUSH 4 9 6 7 — 26
NORTH SURRY — Emily Culler 11, Midkiff 5, Simpson 2, Bunker 5, Hodges 2, Ashmon 2, Campbell 9, Rumplash 7, Payne 4.
FORBUSH — Williams 8, Athon 2, Lineberry 3, Caudle 2, Kite 1, Daughtry 2, Matthews 3, Long 5.