Before we head off to January hoops and the heart of the conference season, we take a moment to review the past couple of weeks of holiday hoops with the first-ever Yadkin Valley Sports Holiday All-Tournament Team. Today we focus on the girls.
Click inside for some of our best images from the recently completed basketball tournament at Surry Central High and Surry Community College.
The second-annual Northwest-Mountain Valley Challenge ended up decidedly in the favor of the Northwest 1A/2A Conference. Northwest teams won 12 of the 16 boys and girls match-ups, held Tuesday and Wednesday at Surry Central High School and Surry Community College.
East Wilkes didnâ€™t need overtime to beat East Surry this time. The Lady Cardinals from Ronda took the lead in the first half and refused to relinquish it the rest of the way, grinding out a not-always-so-pretty 40-30 victory on Wednesday afternoon at the Northwest-Mountain Valley Challenge in Dobson.
East Surry might be the biggest surprise of the boys basketball season so far in the Yadkin Valley. Picked to finish fourth in the Northwest 1A/2A Conference by league coaches, the Cardinals improved to 9-0 overall by taking out one of the Mountain Valley 1A/2Aâ€™s top teams — Wilkes Central — on the opening night of the Northwest/MVAC Challenge.
East Wilkes Highâ€™s girls basketball team got a chance to avenge one of its two losses on the opening day of the Northwest-Mountain Valley Challenge, held Tuesday in Dobson. Mount Airy, Surry Central and Wilkes Central also won in girls action. The tournament continues Wednesday.
They call it Christmas break, but the time around Christmas and New Yearâ€™s is hardly a holiday for Yadkin Valley area high school basketball teams.
There was chatter before the Mary Garber Holiday Classic about whether the Starmount girls were worthy of their No. 3 seed. The Lady Rams proved their mettle by placing third in the 14-team event
At long last, victory for the East Wilkes varsity boys basketball team. The Cardinals, who won just once last season — in the final week — had lost their first eight games of this season heading into Tuesday nightâ€™s contest at West Wilkes. But the victory drought came to an end in dramatic fashion.
Four players reached double figures, and Forbush High’s varsity boys basketball team held off Elkin 58-49. The Elks cut an 18-point first-half deficit down to five by the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.
Forbush earned a signature girls basketball win last Friday night, defeating Starmount for the first time since 2007. On Tuesday, the Falcons built on that victory with another solid showing against a scrappy Elkin squad.
Four players scored in double figures, and East Wilkesâ€™ girls basketball team earned a big conference win against rival Wilkes Central on Monday night. Point guard Erin Royal scored 23 points in the 64-60 triumph. Brittany Diorio and Shina Parks added 14 points each. Samantha Adams scored 11 points and Kendra Green netted 2 points to round out the scoring.
Ethan Wilmoth wowed the crowd, and teammate Zach Wilmoth wowed his coach. Together, the Wilmoth duo helped lead Surry Central to a 57-50 comeback victory against visiting North Surry on Monday night.
Four players reached double figures, and North Surry’s varsity girls basketball team remained unbeaten with a win at Surry Central on Monday night.
The annual Mary Garber girls basketball tournament in Winston-Salem seems to bring out the best in Starmountâ€™s Kelli Bonner — and the Lady Rams as a whole. Bonner, who has made the all-tournament team the past two years, likely earned a spot among this yearâ€™s Garber elite with an amazing Monday afternoon quarterfinals performance.