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The Colonial District girls basketball title isn’t won on style points. For Patrick Henry, this is a good thing.
After seemingly solving their offensive woes in a runaway win over Douglas Freeman, the Patriots traveled to Maggie Walker Governor’s School last Thursday night, a perennial member of the Colonial’s lower echelon. Though, it was the Green Dragons, finding the basket, while the Patriots found nothing but frustration, missing 16 of their first 17 shots.
The Patriots were rescued by their defense, holding Maggie Walker to just 24 points in the final three quarters en route to a 51-35 road win.
“[Against Freeman], we shot significantly better than we did in the past, so I didn’t expect this against Maggie Walker,” Patrick Henry head coach Phillip Cobb said. “It happened and we had to fight through it.”
Summer Price, scoreless in the first quarter, poured in 16 in their second half surge on her way to a 23-point night. Amber Lee added 13 points and, just as importantly, 14 rebounds. India Coles was a consistent offensive source with a bucket in each quarter for 10 points total.
Cobb’s positive attitude was key for his squad, who found themselves coming out of halftime somehow leading 19-18, even after such a horrid 16 minutes of offense.
“When we’re off, all of them are off, but you’ve got to keep playing. I told them, ‘You’re going to miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t shoot,’ so you’ve got to keep shooting, start driving to the basket more,” Cobb opined.
That nose-to-the-grindstone mindset and playing style paid off, not only in the second half against Maggie Walker, but also Tuesday when Patrick Henry began the second half of the Colonial District schedule at home, besting winless Thomas Jefferson 69-25.
The Patriots jumped out to a 21-13 lead after one quarter and used a combination of continued offensive production and a defensive shutdown of the Vikings to make quick work of Thomas Jefferson. Patrick Henry led 39-17 at the half, then proceeded to outscore the Vikings 17-0 in the third.
Price continued her role as leading scorer with 24 points, and Coles continued her offensive maturation, going for 16. Tyler Pinder added eight points, and Rachel Adams contributed with seven points and nine rebounds.
Patrick Henry stood at 8-1 and atop the Colonial District by a game as they traveled to Mills Godwin (7-2) on Wednesday (after presstime). They face John Marshall (6-4) on Friday. With the margin for error razor thin, the Patriots, now 12-3 overall, hope the on-again, off-again tendencies of their shooting come to an end, and offensive consistency clear their path for back-to-back district titles.