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Lady Patriots looking to bounce back against Guilford Tech

January 18, 2016

By: CHRIS PRIDE

MARTINSVILLE, Va — Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) women’s basketball team is hoping to do something it hasn’t done in the Brian Henderson era: Beat Guilford Tech Community College.

Henderson’s teams haven’t found a way to beat the Titans and will look to do so at 5 p.m. Tuesday as the Patriots get back to Region X play. He said he expects a tough matchup for his offense as the Titans possess one of the best defenses in the conference.

“Coach Bobby Allison always demands great effort and intensity from his teams. If we don’t match it, it will be a tough night,” Henderson said.

Guilford Tech has allowed just over 60 points per game this season and have held its last two opponents to under 40 points. The Titans (12-5, 3-4) also boast a perfect 6-0 record at home, an environment that has caused problems for the Patriots in the past. However, in Guilford’s five losses this season, it has given up over 70 points in four of those defeats and has allowed over 80 points twice — 93 points allowed to Cape Fear the largest on Dec. 12.

So Henderson knows Tuesday’s matchup could pose the best chance for PHCC to end its losing streak against GTCC if it can find a way to score the basketball. Henderson said his keys to the game will be limiting turnovers and matching the Titans’ ability on the glass. The Patriots (4-7, 2-1) also need to attack the basket and find ways to get to the line and score with the clock stopped.

“They are undefeated at home and we know it’s going to be a tough test,” Henderson said. “We want to start the game off the right way and give ourselves a chance to win the game at the end.”

The Titans have proven they can score with a 75 points per game average. They also shoot the ball well at 48 percent and control the boards with an average of over 45 rebounds per game. Their lone struggle on offense is at the line where they hit just 61 percent of their attempts, which could be a factor late if the game stays close.

Freshman forward Brandi Roberson leads three Guilford scorers in double figures with an average of 11.8 points per game. With a pair of sophomore guards in Anissa Linder and Andrea’anna Pool, the Titans have an experienced backcourt that is active on both sides of the court. They are turnover prone, however, giving PHCC a chance to force the issue with its defense.

The Patriots average over 15 turnovers and eight steals per game defensively and hope to keep the game low scoring.

“Guilford Tech has good balance outside and inside,” Henderson said. “They also do a great job of ball pressure and forcing you into turnovers. Turnovers will allow them to run.”

G.W.-Danville High School duo Kedra Bradley and Lexi Dabney combined for 34 points off the bench last time out in an 87-62 loss at Denmark Tech. Patrick County High School product Ebony Reynolds has a double-double in her last three games and is averaging double figures in points and rebounds this season. Henderson said he may tweak his starting lineup Tuesday in an attempt to get his team off to a better start, something that has hinder the Patriots in some of their recent losses.

PHCC returns home Thursday to take on Lenoir Community College, beginning a string of a five straight home games to close out January.

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