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Shorthanded season
After losing four players, PHCC topples overmatched Tidewater CC
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Patrick Henry Community College’s Courtney Cayard looks to drive into the lane during Saturday’s 93-37 win over Tidewater CC. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

By CHRIS PRIDE - Bulletin Sports Writer

Not even a week removed from a 23-point win over Tidewater Community College on the road last Sunday, Saturday’s rematch in Martinsville had a far more different feel for the No. 4 Patrick Henry Community College women’s basketball team.

Patriots head coach Brian Henderson had four players leave the team this past week for what he called “personal reasons.” And despite the recent departures, which reduced his squad to seven players Saturday, he didn’t lose any starters, and those that were left to come off the bench looked just fine.

PHCC (7-0) had five players finish in double figures in scoring, including a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by Tayana Mullins off the bench as the Patriots crushed the Storm 93-37 Saturday at Stone Hall.

“There is no love lost, and we’re here to help them anyway we can with PHCC,” said Henderson of those who decided to leave. “But they believed that they wanted to go a different route instead of finishing their careers here. It’s not going to change our philosophy; we’re going to continue the push the pace the way we want. We forced over 50 turnovers and had five players score in double figures, and that’s not going to stop.”

Henderson said that whether it was for family, financial or other reasons, keeping those four players was out of his control. He also noted that with the coaching changes that occurred during the offseason, some of the players had a hard time dealing with that change despite the successful start.

“You never want to lose a player, but we’re going to make sure we do whatever we can to help that player pursue what it is they want to pursue,” Henderson said. “We’re not turning our back on them, and they are not turning their backs on us. They just decided to go a different route.”

But nevermind the 52 turnovers forced, the 34 steals, the 20-plus assists, or the 28-6 first-half run, Henderson was most impressed with point guard Jasmine Rawl’s near quadruple-double.

“Jasmine Rawl being two rebounds shy of a quadruple-double is something I’ve never been a part of as a player or a coach,” Henderson said. “To see her come out and not only get her field-goal attempts by attacking the basket, but also attacking the rebounds and steals shows what she is capable of.”

Rawl had 16 points, 10 assists, 10 steals and eight rebounds.

“I’ve had games similar to this in high school. I feel myself processing everything better and running the point the way I know how to,” Rawl said.

“It feels good. It’s a little tiring though with how fast we play for the whole game, but it’s good. It keeps us in shape.”

Shakeia Salters, getting a rare start, made the most of the opportunity by dropping 15 points to go with five steals and five assists. Courtney Cayard scored a team-high 19 points, and Jasmine Griffin added a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards.

Henderson said he was pleased that his core unit didn’t seem affected by the recent developments.

“I thought we still maintained fluid movement offensively and that the team still wanted to play together and win,” he said. “One of our challenges will be to have someone come off the bench that can step up and play with the same energy. I thought Tayana (Mullins) did just that.”

Mullins scored 13 of her points in the second half and had eight offensive rebounds of her 10 total.

“I like coming off the bench, not that I wouldn’t rather start, but it’s easier for me to come in after seeing how the offense and defense is running, and what’s working and what’s not,” Mullins said. “It fits me better to adjust to the game from what I see from the bench. Last time we played this team, I felt we played more at their level. Today we played our game the whole way, and that was the difference.”

Tidewater opened the game with the first four points, but that would be the only time it led, as PHCC answered with a 10-2 run. After the Shock pulled to within one at 10-9, the Patriots opened up the floodgates with a 28-6 run over the final 13 minutes of the first half.

Tidewater had 12 turnovers inside the first 10 minutes of the game.

They would only extend that lead in the second half.

A 28-10 spurt over the first half of the final 20 minutes pushed the PHCC lead to 41.

The Shock finished with more turnovers (52) than field-goal attempts (40), shooting 37 percent for the game.

PHCC managed 54 attempts alone in the second half and finished at 42 percent for the game.

PHCC is back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Guilford Tech before a near month break before its next game on Jan. 6 at Brunswick Community College.

Patrick Henry CC 93,

Tidewater CC 37

TCC 15 22 — 37

PHCC 38 55 — 93


TCC — Lakendra Smith, 20; Christina Cuffee, 8; Tierra Couther, 6; Breyanna Eldridge; PHCC — Courtney Cayard, 19; Tayana Mullins, 18; Jasmine Rawl, 16; Shakeia Salters, 15; Jasmine Griffin, 12; Chelsea White, 7; Zaynah Stephens, 6.


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