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Hounds race past Blue Devils

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North Surry took a big halftime lead in knocking off Grayson County 58-19.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– In times when it seems everything good or bad seems to be somehow related to a sagging economy, it’s fitting to look at Grayson County in economic terms: Poor first-quarter earnings have caused long-term woes for the Blue Devils.

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North Surry raced out to an 18-2 lead after the first period and rolled to a 58-19 win in a nondistrict game Tuesday afternoon at Ron King Gymnasium.

Grayson County (1-6) has struggled out of the gate each of its last three games, being outscored a total of 50-4 in the first quarter in losses to Auburn, Marion and North Surry. The quick start was nothing new to the Greyhounds (7-1), who have given up a total of four first-period points in their last two games.

“They were bigger than us at every position, they were quicker than us and they played outstanding defense,” said Grayson County coach Tiny Funk. “They made it real hard to find open shots.”

The Blue Devils scored the first and last points of the first half as Devin Osborne opened the game with a jumper from the foul line and Cortney Halsey had a stickback to beat the halftime horn. In between, though, it was all North Surry.

The Greyhounds reeled off 29 unanswered points in between Grayson County buckets, hitting five of their first seven shots from the floor and shooting 11-for-25 for the half. Courtney Campbell had a three-point play for a 12-2 North Surry lead midway through the first, and 5-foot-10 freshman Lindsey Payne came off the bench to score eight points in the first half, including a putback that ended the first period with the Hounds leading 18-2. Payne scored from underneath to open the second period, and her two foul shots with 57 seconds left in the half put North Surry on top 29-2.

A stifling North defense limited Grayson County to 16 field goal attempts in the first half and forced 21 turnovers.

The Greyhounds led 33-4 when an offensive flurry resulted in six Grayson County points in a little more than 90 seconds. Leah Hall scored in transition, and Alyssa Wingate and Halsey each connected on 15-footers from the wing. Osborne later knocked down a midrange jumpshot from the wing as the third period ended with North leading 43-12.

Osborne canned a 3-pointer from the top at 6:11 of the fourth and capped the Blue Devil scoring with a baseline jumper. Osborne led the way with nine points for Grayson County, which didn’t attempt a foul shot in the game.

Campbell led all scorers with 16 points. Payne added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Grayson County travels to Sparta, N.C. to participate in the Cross-Border Shootout on Monday and Tuesday. 

Grayson County 2 2 8 7––19

North Surry, N.C. 18 11 14 15––58

Grayson County (1-7)

Halsey 3 0-0 6, Spurlin 0 0-0 0, Wingate 1 0-0 2, Hall 1 0-0 2, Osborne 4 0-0 9, Vaughan 0 0-0 0, Caudill 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 0-0 19.

North Surry (6-1)

Midkiff 2 2-2 6, Culler 1 0-0 2, Hodges 1 3-6 5, Campbell 5 6-7 16, Rumplasch 2 0-0 4, Simpson 0 0-0 0, Bunker 2 0-0 4, Simmons 0 0-0 0, Ashmon 3 2-4 8, Payne 5 3-4 13. Totals 21 16-23 58.

Three-point field goals – Grayson County 1-7 (Osborne), North Surry 0-2. Rebounds – Grayson County 24 (Halsey, Hall 5), North Surry 39 (Payne 11). Turnovers – Grayson County 31, North Surry 14. Steals – Grayson County 6 (Halsey, Osborne 2), North Surry 14 (Culler 5). Team fouls – Grayson County 15, North Surry 6. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.

JV – North Surry 42-14.