REIDSVILLE — Surry Homeschool’s girls’ basketball team is on a roll.
The Lady Patriots added four wins to their ledger in the first eight days of December, including two key conference wins that improved the team’s overall record to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in N.C. Home Educators Athletic Conference action.
The two conference wins, over the Asheville Trailblazers on Dec. 1 and the Cabarrus Stallions on Dec. 6, both came on the road and have Surry in a commanding position early in the conference race. In between those wins, the team also claimed a second victory over Millennium Charter, and their most recent victory came on Dec. 8 at Community Baptist School of Reidsville.
“We kind of control our own destiny, especially if we keep on playing well on the road,” said head coach Todd Hill. “We’re just getting to where we need to be offensively.”
The first win of the month, at Asheville, was a key victory for the Lady Patriots. Last year, the team had been in a similar situation and had its season virtually derailed when it lost to the Trailblazers.
“We went there tied for first in the conference last year and they handed our hats to us,” said Hill. “We ended up losing by 22 points, and they were not that much better than us. Well, this year we started out down 6-0 and it was a great chance for us to just fold our tents again.”
Fortunately, this year’s team, although still young, is better able to handle a tough road environment. Surry trailed 16-7 at the end of the first quarter, but had chopped the deficit to one by halftime and went on to win 56-42, outscoring Asheville 19-8 down the stretch.
“We made some adjustments defensively,” said Hill. “We spread out the floor and ran the four corners on them at the end of the game. That was one of the big turning points of the season.”
Catherine Edwards led the team with 14 points. Jill Boyd added 11 and Jenny Brown nine.
The day after winning at Asheville, the team came home to the Armfield Center for the only time so far in December, where they defeated Millennium Charter 57-10. Boyd led the team with 15 points, followed by Edwards with 13.
On Dec. 6 came the team’s second conference game, at Cabarrus. Once again, Surry proved to be road warriors, winning the game 48-37. A 13-4 run in the second quarter had the Lady Patriots ahead 27-14 at the break, but the Stallions were able to avert the blowout with a solid second half. Surry, however, got the road win.
Brown led the team with a dozen points in that contest, followed by Edwards with nine and Krissa Hill with eight.
Another fairly long road trip followed on Thursday night, as the Lady Patriots rode to Reidsville to take on Community Baptist in another non-conference tilt. The hosts came out pressing against Surry, a tactic that often worked against them a year ago. It doesn’t work so well now, though. The teams were even at 15 after a quarter, but the Lady Patriots led 25-21 at halftime and then took control in the third quarter, building a 14-point lead en route to a 58-43 win.
“We have had teams try to take things away from us, but I have eight players who can put it on the floor this year,” Hill said. “Anyone on this team can score in double figures.”
Edwards led the team with 16, followed by Millie Cox with 13 and Brown with 10.
The team travels to Forsyth on Tuesday night and then visits Guilford on Friday.
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