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Late second-half run lifts PHCC women

November 25, 2013

The Patrick Henry Community College women’s basketball team got off to a slow start in both halves Sunday against visiting Tidewater Community College, but eventually got off and running, pulling away late in the second half for a 79-66 victory at Stone Hall.

The Patriots started off slow, scoring just two points on a pair of Caitlan Tuala free throws in the first six minutes of the game. But, the Patriots used their defense to keep the deficit in check eventuallycaitlan allowing them to work their way back into the lead at 17-16.

Once the Patriots got going, it became a balanced scoring effort as Deonna Young scored eight points in the first half and Tuala adding seven. Destiny Jackson then hit three free-throws and added two buckets in the paint for a 34-29 halftime lead.

The Patriots had another sluggish start offensively in the second half as the Storm went on a 6-0 run to retake the lead by one point, forcing PHCC head coach Brian Henderson to call a timeout. In the huddle, the Patriots collected themselves and immediately went on a 7-0 run of their own as Young hit a 3-pointer, Jackson added a layup and Brittany Hightower hit a short jumper.

The game stayed close after that with both teams trading buckets and free throws.

Late in the half the Patriots then found their game inside the paint. Martinsville High School graduate Monisha Manns scored eleven points off the bench in the second half, and Braseanda Leak along with Jackson and Hightower combined for 12 points as part of a 17-4 run. It helped create the necessary separation and the first double-digit lead for the Patriots at 72-62 with just less than three minutes to go.

From there Tidewater tried to initiate a press defense, but the Patriots easily broke it again and again to keep the lead at double digits.

Henderson was proud of his team for fighting through its slow starts, but credited the Storms defense for creating some havoc as well.

“Well Tidewater did a good job of slowing the game down, so it took a long time to figure out how we could run against that zone,” Henderson said. “When they went into the press it allowed us to get going, and the way we finished the game shows that we can run.”

Tuala finished with 12 points, while Manns added 12 and Shatoria Exum scored 15 off the bench. Young scored 13 before she left the game in the second half with a wrist injury.

“They believed, saw the finish line, and saw that we could win the game,” Henderson said after the win. “Tidewater did a good job at throwing us off our game. They kept hitting the high post which we couldn’t stop, and we had trouble on the boards. We got into a lot of foul trouble which threw us off our rhythm.”

With the win the Patriots improved to 3-1 on the season. They will head to Maryland next week for the Hagerstown tournament.

“We’re a young team and have some ladies who’ve never experienced strategies placed against them with different types of zones,” Henderson said. We’re going to learn as the season goes on, but it starts with the guards and finishes inside.”

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