The Surry Homeschool girls basketball team dropped a couple of games last week, but coach Todd Hill believes his team is on its way to putting it all together.
The Lady Runnin’ Patriots played back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday of last week at the Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain, falling 45-33 to Community Baptist on Thursday and then 50-31 to Sheets Memorial on Friday. In both games, offensive inconsistency was Surry’s downfall.
In the game with Community Baptist, the team struggled in the first half, and although they were able to reduce the visitors’ lead after intermission, the early deficit was just too much to overcome.
“We made a couple of runs at them,” said Hill, “but we couldn’t catch up. We played well defensively, and we turned them over pretty well, but then we’d turn it back over.”
Jenny Brown led the team with eight points and 13 rebounds. Judy Brown was the high scorer, with nine points, followed by Brown, then Lydia Clayton and Krissa Hill with six each and Alexus Timmons with four points. Hill led the team with four assists, while Boyd, Trinity Thompson, and Brown each nabbed four steals.
The Friday night game was described by Coach Hill as just one of those nights where nothing would fall in the basket. He felt that his team played much better than the final score indicated.
“We played well defensively and we got good shots, but we couldn’t throw it in the ocean if we were in a boat,” he said. “That was probably the worst shooting night we’ve had. Nothing would go in for us.”
Scoring for the Lady Patriots were Boyd with nine, Brown with eight, Clayton seven, Hill four, Timmons two and Thompson one. Brown led the team with 12 rebounds, followed by Clayton with nine and Boyd eight. Hill contributed five assists, while Timmons had six steals and Hill and Thompson four each.
The team plays two more games next week before taking some time off for Thanksgiving. Surry visits Calvary Christian tonight and travels to Salem Baptist on Friday.
The Lady Patriots are off to a bit of a slow start, but Hill believes better days are coming for a team that is trying to defend its state championship without a single senior on its roster.
“We’re making better stands defensively all of the time,” he said. “We’re a young team, and we’ll have some breakdowns, but I’m seeing less of that. We’re getting there.”
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