Women’s basketball downs Brunswick in OT

January 6, 2015

By CHRIS PRIDE – Bulletin Sports Writer

Monday’s overtime game between the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) women’s basketball team and Brunswick Community College was a perfect example of the kind of games the Patriots previously had not been able to win.

Even when PHCC failed to play smart basketball at key moments of regulation and overtime, however, it still managed to stay composed down the stretch. That allowed the Patriots to beat Brunswick 71-68 and take a big step in learning how to win close games, said coach Brian Henderson.Martinsville High School graduate Monisha Manns provided key production in the paint, as the sophomore scored a game-high 23 points, leading the Patriots past Brunswick at Stone Hall.“We see that we can win now. Coming off a losing streak, it’s hard to see that you can get that win when you’re losing so much,” Henderson said. “Tonight they showed themselves and proved to us as a coaching staff that they can win these type of games… Normally we panic but tonight we showed a little maturity and decided that we weren’t going to let them take this game.”The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the women, who hadn’t won since November. The Patriots lost to Wake Tech on Saturday in their first game since the winter break. Henderson said the growth from that game to Monday’s was a positive sign for his team.Brunswick had five fewer turnovers, 25 more field goal attempts and seven more rebounds, including a plus-6 advantage on the offensive glass. Those numbers were offset by PHCC’s ability to get to the free-throw line 18 more times and shooting nine percentage points better than the Dolphins.The Patriots shot 41 percent and held Brunswick to 32 percent while earning 11 points more at the charity stripe. PHCC still was just 25-for-41 at the charity stripe.Manns scored 18 of her points after halftime. Her four quick points inside the first minute of overtime gave the Patriots (3-5) the lead for good. Her final point, coming from the line, forced Brunswick to get off a 3-pointer in the final seconds, which it never did.Manns added six rebounds to her stat line. The power forward is working back from a knee injury last season and Henderson said that Monday’s game helped the talented sophomore play without fear of her knee injury.“It’s really all mental, and I can’t let (the injury) get me down,” Manns said. “If it gets me down, it gets the rest of the team and down and then we can’t focus.”Point guard Tyne Innocent posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with three assists. Bassett graduate Simone Venable added 13 points off the bench.The Patriots led by as many as seven with a little over five minutes remaining in the second half. Brunswick never went away and scored eight of the final 12 points over the last four minutes.Bassett grad Kim Martin hit a pair of free throws with 16:36 remaining in regulation that gave PHCC a 35-33 lead. It would hold the lead until five seconds remaining, when Asha Graham knocked down a pair of free throws, sending the game to overtime.Even an eight-point lead with 2:38 left in the extra session wasn’t good enough for PHCC. Brunswick made it a two-point game with a 3-pointer with under 30 seconds left before Manns capped the scoring with a foul shot.“You never want to see your team start to feel satisfied in just getting close,” Henderson said. “We showed that we can get over the hump. Next game we want to show that we’re even more than what we showed (tonight). We hope to build on this and we’re a team that has to work together in order to win.”PHCC takes on Cape Fear at 1 p.m. Sunday back at Stone Hall in a Region X matchup.

Filed under: Women's Basketball