PHCC set to host Region X women’s tourney

March 8, 2013

Patrick Henry Community College will host its first Region X, Division 2 women’s basketball tournament this weekend at Stone Hall.

The Lady Patriots (12-10 overall, 5-9 Region X) finished in a three-way tie for the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament, but lost a tiebreaker and a coin flip to wind up with the No. 6 seed. PHCC began the year with a nine-game winning streak, but a variety of factors led to a roster downsizing. The Lady Patriots currently have just seven players on the active roster.

Even so, PHCC won two of its final four games in Region X play. Courtney Cayard is leading the way, averaging 15.8 points per game, while Jasmine Rawl (14 ppg) is not far behind. Both are perimeter players.

“We have some guards that can score the ball. When we’re scoring the ball and we’re making some defensive stops, we’re highly effective,” said first-year PHCC head coach Brian Henderson. “With the loss of some players we can’t run as much as we’d like to, but we’ve shown that in spots we still can really put pressure on you, both on the offensive and defensive end.

The Lady Patriots’ first tournament game will take place at 5 p.m. today against No. 3 seed Lenoir Community College (7-7 Region X). PHCC split its two games against Lenoir this season.

Henderson said the key to victory in today’s matchup will be “finishing every defensive possession. They beat us on the boards in the last game, but we know that if we rebound the ball and finish our defensive stops, then we have a great chance to come out with a victory.”

Today’s tournament will begin with No. 4 Brunswick Community College (5-9 Region X) facing No. 5 Cape Fear Community College (5-9 Region X) at 1 p.m. Top-seeded Catawba Valley C.C. (14-0 Region X) will play No. 8 Guilford Tech C.C. (4-10 Region X) at 3 p.m., and No. 2 Louisburg College (12-2 Region X) will compete in the nightcap against No. 7 Wake Tech (4-10 Region X) starting at 5 p.m.

With a win, PHCC would face the winner of the Wake Tech/Louisburg game at 3 p.m. Saturday. On the other side of the bracket, the winner of the Catawba Valley/Guilford Tech game will face the winner of the Cape Fear/Brunswick contest at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The tournament’s title game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. All tournament games will take place in Stone Hall on the PHCC campus.

Henderson is hoping this weekend’s tournament will attract some of the area’s talented high school girls basketball players.

“We want some local talent to come from these area high schools. We want them to come to the tournament to see what outstanding facilities we have here at PHCC,” he said. “Hosting this event is also financially beneficial – all the visiting teams will be lodging and dining in the area.”

Due to a lack of depth, Henderson is hoping his team can enforce a slower tempo in today’s game, as well as any future games this postseason.

“A lower scoring game, that’s our best chance of winning, and that’s typically our style of play right now,” he said. “We’re going into this tournament confident that we can pull off a couple wins.”

While focusing on the day-to-day routine of coaching, Henderson has also been busy on the recruiting trail. He’s placed an emphasis on playing well in the postseason while also planning ahead for the future of the program.

Though it’s been an “up and down season,” he said, Henderson is happy with the way his players have responded down the stretch. He’s also grateful for the support he’s received thus far.

“I’d like to thank our community and fans for the support they’ve given us all season, and we hope they continue to come out and support us today as we take on Lenoir,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the PHCC faculty, staff and family. Everyone involved with the college has been great to us all year.”

For a printable bracket, click here: 2013 Region X D2 Women.

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