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Lady Patriots open four-game homestand tonight versus Lenoir CC

January 28, 2016

By: CHRIS PRIDE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) women’s basketball team is hoping that there’s no place like home.

The Lady Pats return to action at 5 p.m. tonight in Stone Hall when they take on Lenoir Community College, which currently sits last and winless in Region X, Division II. It will be a busy stretch of games for PHCC’s women as they will play four games in six days but play all four at home. The Patriots are 2-2 on their home floor this season while the Lancers are 2-6 on the road.

Both teams are desperately seeking wins as PHCC (4-8, 2-2) has lost its last two by an average of 21 points. Not helping the Patriots’ cause, as well, is the fact they’ve played just two games over the last 14 days. Lenoir (3-8, 0-7) has lost its last five games by an average of more than 20 points, also having not played since Jan. 14.

PHCC women’s coach Brian Henderson said his team had several good practices leading up to tonight’s conference game after Winter Storm Jonas passed through the area.

“We are looking forward to this homestand and I think being able to play a few home games in Stone Hall will hopefully give us some confidence heading into the final games of the season,” Henderson said.

The Patriots’ main focus will be on defense as they look to take advantage of a team that is averaging just 46.5 points per game over seven conference games this season. One player they have to keep an eye on though is freshman forward Myleah Jones, who is averaging a double-double this season of 16.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. No other Lancer, however, averages double figures in scoring and the team averages a paltry 33 percent shooting from the field. Lenoir also is turnover prone with an average of 24 giveaways per game.

PHCC needs to find some rhythm on the offensive end of the floor and tonight’s matchup presents a good chance for the Patriots to get back on track. Despite shooting 45 percent from the field, they are near the bottom in the conference in free-throw percentage, connecting on just 54┬ápercent of their attempts. With an average of 55 points per game this season, Henderson said he hopes his team can start reaching its potential offensively.

“I feel that we have several players with very high ceilings,” Henderson said. “They have shown flashes of what they are capable of, however, those flashes need to become more consistent.”

Consistency has become freshman forward Ebony Reynolds’ (Patrick County, Va.) middle name. She has compiled four straight double-double performances in the month of January and looks to add a fifth tonight. Reynolds leads the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.7 and 12.6, respectively, and shooting over 51 percent from the field. Her biggest performance over that stretch was against Catawba Valley at home on Jan. 12 when she posted 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-57 victory.

Freshman guard Lexi Dabney (Danville, Va.) has helped pick up the scoring, as well, averaging 10.1 points per game. Dabney had a breakout game in the win over CVCC when she matched Reynolds’ 20 points, coming off the bench. Her former G.W.-Danville High School teammate, Kedra Bradley, is averaging 9.8 points per game while freshman forward Ruth Omolola (New Carrollton, Md.) hopes to return from an ankle sprain and up her rebound average of 11.6.

“We need to go out there and prove it to ourselves that we belong here,” Dabney said. “Our coaches and our families believe in us, and I think with the nerves, we doubt ourselves sometimes. We know we are capable of so much more than our record shows.”

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