Women’s College Basketball: P&HCC opens season with win

Women’s College Basketball: P&HCC opens season with win

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The Patrick and Henry Community College women’s basketball team opened their season with a 91-75 victory over Virginia State University last week.

Patriots coach Herb Daniel said he only had 50 percent of his roster ready for the game, but Daniel said in an email, “We have a great team and I think we’re going to be a lot of fun to watch.” He added that the next step is everyone’s health.

The Lady Pats prepared for the season by knocking off 4-year NCAA schools Virginia Union, Randolph College, Lynchburg University and Bluefield University.

“I wanted to put our players in a position to get offers to play at bigger institutions after Patrick and Henry graduated, as well as get us ready for the season,” Daniel said.

Bluefield offered four P&HCC players, including Savannah Staples, who committed to the Rams next season.

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Daniel said his team seemed a little nervous about playing on the big stage at VSU. The Patriots were down 9-0 in the first few minutes, and Daniel called a timeout to rally his team. They answered with a basket by Natalia Nascimento, who finished with 29 points.

After a few more possessions, the Lady Pats got within striking distance. As the game winds down, the Lady Pats are down by just one point at the end of the first quarter.

Also, freshman Kamyra James had 13 points, 2 steals and 11 deflections, helping with a team-high 17 steals.

The second and third quarters is when the Lady Pats took control, outscoring the Trojans 29-18 in the third and 26-19 in the fourth. Freshman Quanadera Tunstall (Chatham High School) scored 10 of her 23 points in the period.

“Tunstall has been a great asset,” Daniel said. He was a late buy. I was aware of his success in high school and recruited him diligently, however, he decided to attend another school for a short time, but ultimately decided to come to Patrick and Henry. “He gives us another presence in our post game.”

Harriet Hayford finished with 6 rebounds in just 13 minutes of play. Sophomore Parisa Singletary finished with 10 points after sitting out much of the game with an ankle injury.

“He’s the captain of Nascimento who provides us with great leadership on and off the court,” Daniel said of Singletary.

Staples finished with 7 points.

“Another bright spot on our roster,” Daniels said of Bluefield’s commitment. Savannah is a great shooter who gives depth to our offense and allows us to open up the floor.

Freshman Jaeda Manz had seven points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals.

“What a way to fill out the stat sheet,” Daniel said of Manz, a Bassett High School graduate. “I think he might have the most potential out of everyone right now.”

Post sophomore Eva Brill added two points, but was hampered by an ankle injury and saw limited playing time.

The Lady Pats had to bounce them back the next night to face Richard Bland College, an NJCAA DII rival.

In the game, the Lady Pats went on a 9-2 run to end the first quarter tied at 18-18.

The second quarter was equally competitive and the game was tied until the final few seconds. Richard Bland hit a three-pointer to give them a 26-23 halftime lead.

Richard Bland finished with 14 three-pointers.

“The three-pointer was our Achilles heel for this game,” Daniel said. “I think the fact that we played the night before and we were understaffed started to hurt us.”

The Lady Pats continued the strong showing for Nascimento, who finished with a team-high 20 points. A total of five Patriots finished with double-digit points. James and Tunstall finished with 13, Singletary with 12 and Hayford with 10.

Richard Bland ran away with a 102-84 victory.

The Lady Pats (1-1) will travel to Southwest Community College on Nov. 22.

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