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North Raleigh News Athlete of the Week, Dec. 13: Keenan Surles of Wake Forest basketball

Wake Forest sophomore Keenan Surles scored a career-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, against Athens Drive.
Wake Forest sophomore Keenan Surles scored a career-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, against Athens Drive.

Keenan Surles just kept shooting.

Besides, it was working for her and the Wake Forest Cougars in a recent girls’ basketball game against Athens Drive.

As a unit, the Cougars made 14 3-pointers in a 70-51 win over Athens Drive on Dec. 2. It was Wake Forest’s only win of the year entering Friday’s matchup at Broughton.

Surles, one third of the Surles triplets who play sports at Wake Forest, wound up with a career-high 21 points that night.

She recorded five 3-pointers.

“We played together as a team,” Surles said. “That was like our best game we played as far as playing together. For me, I shot when I could and then helped my other teammates.”

Sophomore Jada Miller matched Surles’ five triples in the Athens Drive game.

While the 5-foot-2 Surles had an outstanding scoring night, her sister, Kayla, is one of the team’s leading scorers and the reason Keenan started playing basketball in the second grade.

The pair have always trained together, and they believe it shows on the floor. Their other sister, Emma, plays volleyball, and their dad, Patrick, is the Wake Forest girls’ basketball coach.

“We play really well together, so (the team) likes it,” Keenan Surles said of her and her sister Kayla. “It feels weird if one of us can’t play. We really play well together and work well together.”

Surles said she also used to run track.

She’s stayed involved with the game of basketball because of Kayla.

“If Kayla hadn’t started, I probably wouldn’t have played,” Surles said. “I have her playing with me and everyone helping me. My dad’s really into basketball, so (I) just have my family and teammates pushing me.

“I like it better because she (Kayla) started first, so she helps me.”

Kayla Surles was averaging 13.2 points a game behind Jada Miller’s 16 entering Friday’s Cap-8 opener at Broughton. Keenan Surles was leading the Cougars with 1.7 steals a contest (6.5 PPG).

Keenan Surles said Wake Forest has a lot of good shooters, and it will lean on that as conference play begins.

“I think all of the out-of-conference games, we’ve seen what we need to work on and we’ve just been working more and more to get better and ready for conference,” said Surles, who also played on varsity last year.

Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan

About Surles

Age: 15

School: Wake Forest High School

Sport / Position: Basketball / Shooting guard

Fun Fact: The Surles triplets all play the piano. Keenan enjoys playing Taylor Swift songs.

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