The frigid air outside in Ashland had nothing on the shooting performance of the Patrick Henry girls basketball team inside Thursday night.
The New Year began with the Patriots unable to generate offense in any way as they fell at home to Deep Run for their first Colonial District loss of the season, 42-32. Even their coach described the encounter as “hard to watch.”
It wasn’t that the Wildcats played a withering defense or shot much better themselves offensively. Patrick Henry cut the Deep Run lead to six at 32-26 on a jumper from Amber Lee to open the fourth quarter, but never drew closer. For the game, the Patriots were 13 for 57 from the field, a shooting percentage of just 22.8 percent.
“We’re going to have a hard time beating anyone like that,” said Patrick Henry head coach Phillip Cobb. “We are working on our shooting, talking about ways to get better.”
Summer Price led Patrick Henry with 13 points, while Deep Run was paced by Kelly Siewers with 17 points. The Wildcats avenged a “non-district” game between the two rivals, when Patrick Henry defeated Deep Run in the consolation bracket of last month’s T-DIT 52-49.
“The one thing with basketball, it’s a long season. This is just another part of our season and we put our focus on the next game, as that’s always our biggest game of the season: ‘The next game on the schedule,’” Cobb said.
Converting positive practice to in-game play, the Patriots responded from their Deep Run performance with a runaway 58-24 win at Douglas Freeman on Tuesday night. Patrick Henry found balanced scoring from Lee (19 points), Price (14 points) and Tyler Pinder (11 points), took an early lead and never let up. By halftime, they led the Rebels 35-14.
Rachel Adams contributed with eight points including two three-pointers, and the Patriots shot 80 percent from the free throw line to improve to 6-1 in the Colonial District, still alone in first place, and 10-3 overall.
Patrick Henry completes their first rotation of Colonial District opponents Thursday when they travel to face Maggie Walker Governor’s School, followed by a home date against Thomas Jefferson Tuesday. With two wins, the Patriots would go to 8-1 with seven district games to go, hoping to keep finding the basket like they did on Three Chopt Road en route to another Colonial District title.