The Surry Runnin’ Patriots girls basketball team had four players earn all-conference honors this season.
Sydney Bedsaul, Kaylee Paris, Jessica Boyd and Kesley Cave were recognized for the Patriots, who posted a 17-8 record during the regular season. Surry is part of the N.C. Home Educators Athletic Association.
Bedsaul moved over to the point guard position from the No. 2 spot last year. She averaged 13.8 points, 2.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
Coach Todd Hill said Bedsaul’s assist-to-turnover ratio has improved from last season.
“She is playing calmer when things go wrong, and has shown much more patience,” Hill said. “She’s had more pressure on her, and she’s handled it well.”
Paris, the team’s shooting guard, came back strong after rolling her ankle midway through the season. She averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
“She goes to the rim much stronger than she did early in the year,” Hill said. “She led the team in free-throw attempts and she can hit the 3-point shot.”
Boyd is listed as a forward/guard, but Hill said she is capable of playing all five positions on the floor. Boyd averaged 12.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.8 steals per game. She hit 81 percent from the foul line and drew nine charges this season.
“When (teams) come to the rim, Jessica is going to be there,” Hill said. “She sends a message, ‘We do protect the paint.’”
Cave played the five position and averaged 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Patriots. Cave might not fill up the stat sheet, but she is a huge part of Surry’s success on the court.
Cave set a team record for rebounds in a game this year with 24.
“Her nickname is ‘Tractor’ because she does the work,” Hill said. “We ask her to guard the other team’s biggest player, and she’s 5-foot-8. She’s second on the team in charges this year. She anchors our 55 defense. In the zone offense, the more she touches it, the better off we are. She does a good job getting the ball to the wings.”
Up next for the Patriots is the East Coast Homeschool Championships in Lynchburg, Va., March 12-15. Surry will play three games in pool play, with the top eight teams out of 32 moving into the tournament round. The Patriots will compete in a pool with Crown Athletics (Ga.), Spirit Athletics (Va.) and Titan TeamSports (Tenn.).
Surry’s varsity boys team is also scheduled to compete. They will be in a pool with Easley Guardians (S.C.), Fredericksburg Victory (Va.) and Lynchburg Patriots (Va.).