DANBURY — The Lady Cardinals hit some key free throws down the stretch to hold off North Stokes 53-45 Tuesday.
East Surry jumped out to a 9-0 lead, then went cold for several minutes, according to East Surry coach Keith Gunter. The Cards led 9-5 going into the second and held a 22-19 lead at the break.
The Lady Vikings were determined to shut down center Keri Fulp in the first half, playing a zone with two players surrounding the senior. When the Cards tried to force the ball inside, the Vikings made steals.
“Keri only had two in the first half,” said Gunter. “She had 17 in the second half.”
With the defense trying so hard to prevent Fulp from catching the ball, Gunter said there were opportunities to swing the ball around to the weakside.
It was an ugly win for the Cards because North Stokes played so hard, creating steals and loose balls, said Gunter. The Vikings outhustled the Cards to a few balls, which always disappoints a coach, he said.
Still, the Cards shot 65 percent on two-point tries and 4-8 from deep, leading to the win.