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Lady Patriots on the road tonight against Denmark Tech

January 14, 2016

By: CHRIS PRIDE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) women’s basketball coach Brian Henderson may look back at this season when it’s over and pick out a few key moments. Tonight’s non-conference game at Region X, Division I, Denmark Tech could be one of them.

The Patriots (4-6) look to build off of Tuesday’s conference win against Catawba Valley when they travel to Denmark, S.C. for a 5 p.m. tip. Denmark Tech currently sits at 9-1 overall and has won seven straight games.

“To win a championship you have to know how to win on the road,” Henderson said. “You have to win a conference tournament away from home, so this is why we schedule games like this. These games help us get prepared for the end of the season.”

PHCC is sure to have its hands full with a trio of Panther scorers who average no fewer than 15 points per game. Kierra Mitchell leads the way with a 20 points per game average while Shaleighya Sulton and Jhanice Strokes are right behind at 17 and 15 points per, respectively.

Denmark Tech likes to attack its opponents to the basket and the battle of post position and rebounding may decide tonight’s contest, Henderson said. The Panthers are averaging 83.5 points per game this season along with 50 rebounds per game and a respectable 45 percent shooting from the field through 10 games. Stokes and Sulton control the glass adding 14 and 12 rebound per game totals to their stat lines.

“I’ve heard stories that (Denmark Tech) has some Division I transfers that we really have to be prepared for,” Henderson said. “Not just mentally, but our bodies need to be ready for the physical grind it will be for 40 minutes. So we have to come ready, aggressive and not back down.”

Henderson believes his team can collectively overcome Denmark’s highly touted trio. With his team also featuring decent balance, despite its youth, maximizing each possession, Henderson added, could be the difference in leaving with a W.

Patrick County High School product Ebony Reynolds has enjoyed a great start to her college career picking up where she left off in high school. The freshman forward is averaging double-double numbers with averages of 16.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Fellow interior presence, freshman Ruth Omolola will have to compliment Reynolds down low and has done so with over 11 rebounds per game and a scoring average of eight points per contest.

Six Patriot scorers are averaging at least eight points per game, and that balance will be needed against the Panthers tonight.

PHCC snapped a three-game losing streak last time out with a 72-57 win over Catawba Valley. Henderson hopes to see the same type of defense-first effort the ladies displayed two days prior.

Hoping to learn a little more about his team, Henderson added that games on the road against good opponents only make his team better in the long run. Knowing it will take a collective effort to win, the coach also said the road trip will allow his group of ladies to further bond with one another.

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