Lady Patriots fall short 77-56 in Region X playoffs

March 4, 2016

SUPPLY, N.C. — There was no silver lining for what the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) women’s basketball team dealt with Thursday (Mar. 3) during the second half of its opening round Region X playoff game.

A third-quarter barrage by Guilford Tech was too much for the Lady Patriots to handle, effectively ending their season with a 77-56 loss at Brunswick Community College’s Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatic Center. Hoping to beat the Titans twice in as many games, the Patriots were undone by a 28-11 third quarter after staying with the defending Region X champs for the first half.

A 40-25 second half by Guilford Tech created a wave of momentum that PHCC had little hope of stopping. The Titans defense forced 25 turnovers and put pressure on both Patriot leading scorers, Ebony Reynolds (Patrick County, Va.) and Lexi Dabney (Danville, Va.) as the pair combined for 14 (7 each).

“Playing against the defending champs, every possession counted,” PHCC head coach Henderson said. “(Guilford Tech) took advantage of some costly errors in the second half and took over the game.”

Reynolds finished her first collegiate season with 14 straight double-double games as she scored a game-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds. Dabney added 16 points as the only other double-figure scorer while fellow freshman Ruth Omolola (New Carrollton, Md.) held strong on the glass with a team-high 12 rebounds.

Guilford Tech featured too much depth and had several key performances from its sophomores, led by Anissa Linder’s 22 points. All-Region X selections Andrea’anna Pool and Kiana Davis scored 17 and 10 points, respectively, while freshman Jasmine Gaston scored 10 of her 15 points in the third quarter. Linder scored nine of her 22 in the first quarter, helping establish a five-point lead after the opening 10 minutes.

Reynolds, who finished second in All-Region X voting, had a career game the last time the teams met in Martinsville on Feb. 18 — a 71-60 PHCC victory. The forward earned NJCAA, Division II player of the week honors for her 22-point, 20-rebound performance. She split her scoring in half Thursday as her eight second-quarter points kept the Lady Pats in the game at halftime, only down 37-31.

A 14-2 Titans run over the closing stretch of the third quarter sealed the victory. They entered the game winners of five of six in February, their only loss coming to the Patriots.

PHCC shot better than 50 percent from the field but were victimized countless times by turnovers, several of which Guilford Tech turned into points. The Patriots finished with 39 rebounds, 12 offensive — and came away with 12 steals as Omolola and Dabney had five each. Dabney also had four assists.

Neither team took over the free-throw line. PHCC managed just 14 attempts, hitting nine. Guilford Tech hit only 50 percent from the charity stripe, finishing 9-for-18.

The Lady Pats had won consecutive games for the first time all season prior to the playoffs. They were reduced to seven players at the start of February, yet still found a way to win three of their final five games.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team for fighting and battling through adversity,” Henderson said. “Everyone on the team, including myself, grew this year. I look forward to all of our futures.”

PHCC finished the season 8-15, Guilford Tech improved to 19-9.

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