They tipped off for real tonight across the Central Region as the 2013-14 high school basketball season began in earnest.
In Ashland, the Patrick Henry girls team begins what could be a special season with five senior starters and some exciting new talent. The Patriots raced on a 20-0 run in the first quarter en route to an easy 51-8 win over Maggie Walker Governors School. Summer Price led the Patriots with 18 points, while Amber Lee added 12, and India Coles had 9, all of them in that first quarter roll.
"We're definitely pleased with the outcome", Patrick Henry head coach Phillip Cobb said.
In boys' action, the Patriots broke open in the second quarter to take a 37-27 halftime lead on Maggie Walker, only to see their offense disappear in the second half. Their defense held off a late Green Dragon rally and Patrick Henry won, 47-40. Lucas Pienkowski led the Patriots with 19 points, all coming after he sat out the first quarter. Sophomores Jamal Foy and James Pinder each had eight points.
Both Patriot teams step up in competition Friday when they travel to face Deep Run; the girls first at 6pm, followed by the boys game.
---Lee-Davis' girls hoops squad began 2013-14 tonight with a defensive struggle, defeating visiting Dinwiddie 39-25. Olivia Tuck led the Confederates with 12 points. Lee-Davis next plays Thursday at home against Colonial Heights.
In college hoops, the "Patrick Henry Reunion" took place Tuesday night as Katie Anderson, Taylor Huber and the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets battled host Bridgewater, the new home to Tyler and Jasmine, the Pinder Twins, in ODAC action.
It was Anderson who led with 19 points as the Jackets improved to 2-0 in ODAC play, 7-0 overall, with a 99-81 triumph over the Eagles. Huber added 18 as did Sarah Parsons, while Hannah Livermon had 16 off the bench.
Jasmine Pinder saw six minutes of action for Bridgewater and had two rebounds, an assist and a steal, while Tyler played for three minutes.
The Jackets now step up to face Division II Virginia Union in Richmond on Thursday at 7pm.
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