PILOT MOUNTAIN — Just a couple of weeks ago, Triad Conference champs the Surry Runnin’ Patriot varsity girls wrapped up their 2012-13 conference season and competed as far as the semifinal rounds of state championships. Now the team will play in the East Coast Liberty Tournament for one last hurrah.
In November, the team won the East Coast preseason tournament against North Wake, and in January, they won the Salem Viking Invitational. Other season victories include the State-line Rush Shootout.
This week’s East Coast Tournament will be held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday through Saturday for boys and girls home-schooled teams.
Surry Runnin’ Patriot girls Coach Todd Hill described the upcoming Liberty Tournament as intense and competitive. The competitions brings teams from all over the East Coast. The games are in fixed brackets and the competing teams play three games in each pool.
The Runnin’ Patriots have a 24-9 record and are scheduled to play their opening two rounds on Wednesday, with the first being held at 2 p.m. against the Bristol Titan Teamsports team from Tennessee, whose record is 20-11.
The Runnin’ Pats will then play Atlanta North Crown Athletics Knights of Georgia, whose record is 23-1. That game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, the Runnin’ Pats will play St. John the Baptist of Virginia, who has a 10-8 record, and the game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Hill said he expected the Patriots to be competitive in the tournament and said after a brief rest, the team was now back at work preparing for the tournament.
As far as the season goes, and the 2012-13 team’s post-season finish, Hill said, “We had a real successful season. You always like to get a title though.”
The coach said he was pleased with the hard work of the team and how team’s chemistry shaped throughout the season.
Surry Runnin’ Pats Jessica Boyd and Joye Harrison were each named All-Conference players of the 2012-13 season, Hill said.
Sydney Bedsaul led the Patriots for the season with a 12.6 scoring average. Other high averages were Boyd, who averaged 10.7, Kaylee Paris 8.7 and Harrison 8.
Boyd was the lead rebounder and averaged 6.5. Ashley Marshall was second highest with 5.8. Camille Fishel and Kelsey Cave each averaged 5.6.
Harrison led in assists and averaged 4.7, and Bedsaul averaged 2.7.