First Posted: 11/14/2009
WINSTON-SALEM The Surry Runnin Patriots girls basketball team stayed unbeaten as it cruised past Salem Academy Friday night by a 60-22 count.
Hannah Tompkins paced the Runnin Patriots (5-0) with 22 points on 6-of-7 3-point shooting to go with six assists and four steals. Becca Sikes added 13 points, six rebounds and four steals. Leading rebounder Erica Peters had eight points and seven boards. Ashley Marshall had six points and six rebounds.
The wide margin of victory allowed the visitors to get everyone in the game.
It was a good opportunity for us to go deep in the bench, coach John Peters said. Some of the ladies who arent in that starting rotation got a chance to play Friday night. They all work hard and practice hard, but theres nothing like game experience.
Surry began the season by winning two games on both Nov. 6 and 7 to claim the North Carolina Home Educators Athletic Conference East Coast Preseason Tournament title. However, the championship trophy came at a cost.
We won that tournament, but we came out with several injuries, some serious, some not so serious, but they slowed up some of the ladies, Peters said. Having a game like (Fridays) was probably good for us in that is gives us a chance to rest because we do have two tough teams coming up this week.
Those squads are High Points Westchester Country Day School (Monday) and Lexingtons Sheets Memorial Christian School (Tuesday). Surry beat both last season, but the games were close. The Runnin Patriots slipped by Westchester by four points and Sheets by three, as the lead changed hands several times in both games.