Women’s hoops take down Lenoir CC 52-45

February 23, 2016

KINSTON, N.C. — The Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) women’s basketball team picked a good time Monday (Feb. 22) to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Lady Patriots used a 35-23 second half to erase a five-point halftime deficit in downing Lenoir Community College 52-45 in a Region X, Division II matchup. It was the lowest total allowed in a game this season and just the second time PHCC held an opponent under 50 points.

Freshman Ebony Reynolds (Patrick County, Va.) scored a game-high 25 points to go with 14 rebounds for her 11th straight double-double performance. Fellow freshman forward Ruth Omolola (New Carrollton, Md.) also added double-double numbers with 10 points and 11 boards. Freshman Lexi Dabney scored all 11 of her points in the second half as she rounded out the Patriots trio of double-figure scorers.

Reynolds was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line and a cool 9-for-15 from the field. She scored a career-high 31 points in a 66-60 loss to the Lancer at home Jan. 28.

“We stuck together, our ladies pushed each other and fought to get the win,” PHCC coach Brian Henderson said. “I can’t express enough how proud I am of them.”

Lenoir was strapped offensively as it couldn’t figure out PHCC’s defensive pressure. The Lady Pats finished with 15 steals and 30 turnovers on the defensive side of the ball. The Lancers finished at 29 percent shooting from the field, including a 3-for-16 mark from 3-point range.

Free-throw shooting helped put the game away for the Patriots. After a 2-for-7 effort in the first half, PHCC went 15-for-19 in the second half. It also had a better effort on the glass, finishing with 39 rebounds.

Henderson said the team had to regroup from not only a six-point first quarter but having Dabney and sophomore Elena Suebsman (Germany) suffer injuries in the first half, as well. Henderson said the team played an all-around focused second half to earn the victory.

The win also ensured the Patriots the sixth seed in the upcoming Region X tournament. It avoids Louisburg in the opening round but could see the Hurricanes in a semifinal game. The tournament will be hosted by Brunswick Community College in Supply, N.C. from March 1-5.

“We knew this game was very important for seeding heading into the tournament. When Lexi and Elena got injured, I wanted to step it up for them,” Omolola said. “Today we came together and won together.”

PHCC wraps up the regular season Wednesday (Feb. 24) against Wake Tech. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the men playing Catawba Valley in a Sophomore Night feature. The women open the night at 5 p.m.

“I’ve been blessed to be part of this program the last two years, and to finish the last few games the way we have feels pretty good,” said sophomore Kim Martin (Bassett, Va.), who finished with six rebounds. “I’m looking forward to sophomore night and then putting up a fight in the tournament.”

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