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Lady Eagles pull away from Camels

DOBSON — A pair of timeouts less than a dozen seconds apart spurred Surry Central past Atkins 48-18 Friday night.

The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, but in the second the Lady Camels tried to claw back, making it 14-6.

The score was 16-6 with Atkins about to inbound the ball when Central coach Mandy Holt called a timeout at the 4:09 mark.

After that 20-second timeout, Atkins missed a shot, but Central couldn’t control the ball and lost it out of bounds at 3:58. Holt called another timeout and gathered the girls back at the bench.

For the rest of the half, the home team went on a 9-1 run.

Mia McMillen, the Eagles’ leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, didn’t score in the first quarter, but it didn’t matter with the 13-2 lead.

But after Holt’s timeouts, the Eagles would increase the defensive pressure and get some fast break opportunities. McMillen, an all-state sprinter in the hurdles, showed off that speed as she raced down the floor and scored three baskets and finished the quarter with eight points.

The lead was 25-7 at the half with seven different Eagle players scoring.

The 9-1 run to end the first half was matched with a 9-2 run to start the second half, including a 3-pointer from Carlie Via.

Megan Atkins, who leads the team in 3’s made this season, hit one from the top of the key in the first four minutes of the game, but after that the Camels closed out hard and contested the shots. She finished 1-8 from deep and 2-15 overall.

Others picked up the slack. Martha Antunez had only scored seven points all season, but scored four in this one off the bench. Jaylyn Templeton hit two shots and three free throws for seven points off the bench, to go with seven rebounds and a steal.

The scoring run from the midway point of the second quarter continued, stretching from 9-1, then 18-3 all the way to 30-5 before Central eased up in the closing minutes and let Atkins score seven of the last eight points.

The Camels scored just 18 points, the same number as how many steals the home team generated. McMillen and Via had seven steals each.

Jordan Westmoreland had two steals to go along with a team-high nine rebounds, two blocks and one charge taken. She also scored eight points with half of those coming from the foul line.

Via had seven points, five assists and three deflections to go with her seven steals.

McMillen finished with 11 points, seven steals, two assists and two rebounds.

Megan Atkins finished with five points, and senior Brooklyn Lester had four. Arial Holt hit two foul shots for her two points.

This was the first home game since New Year’s Eve after three away games for Surry Central. The Eagles lost the previous two games to West Stokes and East Surry, but the win keeps them above .500 at 8-6 and 3-2 in the Western Piedmont Conference.

Atkins drops to 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference — having beaten North Forsyth (2-13) twice.

Central will host rival Mount Airy on Wednesday and then North Forsyth on Friday before a three-game road streak at Carver, Forbush and North Surry.

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Surry Central junior Martha Antunez (5) rushes ahead of the defense in transition and scores a basket in the second half.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_Martha-Antunez-KELLY.jpgSurry Central junior Martha Antunez (5) rushes ahead of the defense in transition and scores a basket in the second half. Kelly Mills Westmoreland | Special to The News

Central sophomore Mia McMillen (22) looks to send a bounce pass between two Atkins defenders Friday night.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_Mia-Pass-Atkins-KELLY.jpgCentral sophomore Mia McMillen (22) looks to send a bounce pass between two Atkins defenders Friday night. Kelly Mills Westmoreland | Special to The News

Megan Atkins (12), Central’s leading 3-point shooter, draws frequent attention from Atkins defenders.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_IMGP3892_filtered.jpgMegan Atkins (12), Central’s leading 3-point shooter, draws frequent attention from Atkins defenders. Jeff Linville | The News

Central’s Jordan Westmoreland battles with two Atkins players, leading to a jump ball.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_Jordan-tie-up-KELLY.jpgCentral’s Jordan Westmoreland battles with two Atkins players, leading to a jump ball. Kelly Mills Westmoreland | Special to The News

By Jeff Linville

jlinville@mtairynews.com

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