There wasn’t nearly as much on the line Friday night, but the Surry Home Educators girls basketball team came away with another happy ending to a meeting with conference rival Greensboro HomeSchool.
The teams had last met in the N.C. Home Educators Athletic Conference state championship game last February, with Surry claiming a 65-60 victory on Greensboro’s homecourt. Both teams graduated several standout players last spring, and Friday night’s rematch pitted two teams trying to put it all together in their 2015-16 conference opener.
It was the Lady Patriots who showed the most progress, blowing out their hosts over the final three quarters to win the game 51-19. Greensboro led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, but managed just nine points in the rest of the contest.
“After the first quarter, we settled down offensively,” said Surry coach Todd Hill. “We pressed and got a lot of turnovers, and we did a good job of breaking down their 1-2-2 zone and getting the ball inside.”
Jill Boyd led the team with 16 points. Krissa Hill added nine, and Alexus Timmons had 10 steals to go with her eight points. Rounding out the scoring were Lydia Clayton, also with eight points; and Trinity Thompson and Jenny Brown with four each. Thompson also grabbed 10 rebounds. Hill and Boyd each had five assists.
“It’s good to start off conference play with a win,” coach Hill said. “The conference is going to be tough this year, and we’ll have to work to get wins.”
Last Tuesday night, the team traveled to Galax for a game against State Line, and lost 54-32. The Lady Patriots were solid in the first half, playing their hosts to a 19-all draw, but faded badly after the break.
“We made a lot of mental errors in the second half,” said coach Hill. “We started out forcing them to take shots they didn’t want to take, and they made some of them. Later on, we had some bad rotation on defense and missed some assignments, and it cost us.”
Krissa Hill and Brown led the team with seven points each. Thompson and Timmons added five, and Boyd and Clayton each scored four. Thompson and Brown tied as high rebounder with 10, and Boyd grabbed nine. Hill had five steals and five assists, Thompson four steals and Clayton four assists.
Surry, now 5-8 on the season, returns to the Armfield Center on Tuesday night to face Noble Academy. Next Friday and Saturday, they will hit the road to participate in the Calvary Christian Christmas Tournament.