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Lady Patriots fall to Lenoir 66-60

January 29, 2016

By: CHRIS PRIDE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – It was a role reversal of sorts for the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) women’s basketball team Thursday night against Lenoir Community College.

The Lady Patriots started out hot for the first time in several games only to falter late in a 66-60 Region X loss to the Lancers. While it was a promising start for the home side, turnovers proved too costly, handing the Lady Pats their third straight loss. It also helped give Lenoir its first conference win of the season.

“It looked like we surprised ourselves with the way we came out. We made stops on the defensive end and hit our jumpers,” PHCC coach Brian Henderson said. “Consistency is something we talk about every game, and we had entirely too many turnovers to pull away in the end.

“I know where our ceiling could be, but we’re still trying to figure out and understand where we need to be on the offensive and defensive end. We’re going to continue to struggle until we find a way to fix it,” Henderson added.

Turnovers plagued PHCC (4-9, 2-3) as they had 18 in the first half alone, finishing with over 30 for the game. The giveaways kept it from establishing any kind of momentum, but more importantly didn’t allow it to hold the lead at key points, said Henderson.

An 8-0 run to start the game was extinguished over the course of the first quarter as the Lancers pulled to within 15-13 before the Patriots secured a 21-15 advantage after the first quarter. Then, after going on a 7-0 run to establish another eight-point lead at 28-20 midway through the second, PHCC was outscored 13-2 over the back half of the period and trailed 33-30 at the break, thanks to a Tahlia Boone 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining.

Freshman forward Ebony Reynolds (Patrick County, Va.) converted back-to-back conventional three-point plays early in the fourth, and after hitting her second free throw, PHCC led for the first time since the second quarter at 52-49 with 7:44 remaining in regulation. At that point, it looked as if the Patriots would take the momentum back for good, but ultimately couldn’t because of poor execution down the stretch.

“At the end of the day the blame falls on me as the coach,” Henderson said. “So I need to ask myself what can I do differently to help keep the pace? To make sure I put the right lineups in or sub at the right times. Those are things I have to solve.”

Reynolds recorded her fifth straight double-double of January with a career-high 30 points – 20 in the second half – to go with a team-high 12 rebounds. The forward was 10-of-14 from the field and 10-for-11 at the free-throw line. She recorded one fewer field goal (8) in the second half than Lenoir had as a team over that same 20-minute span.

No other Patriots scorer reached double figures as Kedra Bradley (Danville, Va.) was next in line with nine points. She missed a breakaway layup all alone which would’ve given PHCC a four-point lead and keep the momentum going, following Reynolds’ mini spurt.

“We can’t turn the ball over as much as we do,” Reynolds said. “We missed some open shots but we have to sit down and take care of the ball. We could’ve definitely beat this team.”

The Lancers (4-8, 1-7) opened up their biggest lead of the game midway through the third quarter as Alexis Brautigam’s 3-pointer made it 44-36. PHCC stormed back with an 8-2 run, helping narrow the deficit to two before closing the third quarter down 48-44.

The lead changed hands a few times over the closing stretches of the fourth before Lenoir closed the second half just as strong as the first with an 8-2 run. The Lancers were 10-for-12 at the line in the final quarter as Anshonee Addison was a perfect 4-for-4 inside the final 20 seconds.

Lenoir had four scorers in double figures as Brautigam led the way with 14 points. Its starters combined for 40 of the team’s 66 points, while Brittany Barnett scored 11 points off the bench.

The Patriots continue their tough homestand Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host conference-leading Bryant & Stratton. They’ll turn around within 24 hours and take on Cape Fear at 1 p.m. before closing things out Tuesday against Louisburg.

 

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