Thursday, January 17, 2013
William Fleming girls rebound easily against Patrick Henry
The Colonels hold a 47-18 lead at halftime and pull away by as many as 41 points in the second half.
Photos by Kyle Green | The Roanoke Times
The Colonels' Cheyenne Graves (right) passes against the defense by the Patriots' Jewell Parfitt. Graves had 13 points for William Fleming on Wednesday night.
The Colonels' Cheyenne Graves (left) and Antavia Stevens (right) team up to strip the basketball from Errianna West-Durham during the game Wednesday. William Fleming defeated PH 76-38.
William Fleming's Keke Haynes (left) gets her shot blocked by Patrick Henry's Jewell Parfitt.
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Tuesday night's boys basketball game between William Fleming and Patrick Henry produced an upset.
The girls game Wednesday night?
Not so much.
Fleming let Patrick Henry hang close for five minutes, but the Colonels stepped on the gas and doubled up the visiting Patriots for a 76-38 Western Valley District victory.
It was the first game for Fleming (11-5, 3-1) since Friday's stunning 77-50 loss at home to Franklin County, a game that admittedly knocked some steam out of the Colonels.
"We weren't ready," Fleming point guard Antavia Stevens said of the Franklin County game that matched Timesland's top two teams. "We came, I guess you could say, big-headed."
Patrick Henry (6-10, 1-3) had the score tied at 14 five minutes into the game before Fleming went on a 15-0 run to close the first quarter. The Colonels built the lead to 47-18 just before halftime and led by as many as 41 points in the second half.
"I think it was a good game to bounce back from the Franklin County game," Fleming coach Champ Hubbard said. "It was a shock."
Wing guard KeKe Haynes led the Colonels with 17 points, while Cheyenne Graves had 13 points, and Ryjae Anderson scored 11.
Anderson is playing with a mask to protect a broken nose that Hubbard said is restricting her vision. Haynes started Fleming's second-quarter run with a 3-pointer, followed by a layup and a 3-pointer by Graves. Anderson hit two free throws, Haynes had a three-point play and reserve KeKe Lee scored inside for a 29-14 lead.
Despite having just nine players dressed out, Fleming got 19 points from its reserves.
Fleming's roster was shortened when guard Amyrah Harrell left the squad earlier this season and Erika Coleman was injured in an automobile wreck. Coleman is wearing a neck brace and her return to the team is uncertain.
"Not really sure," Hubbard said. "I think she's got a reassessment around February, so we'll see what happens.
"The sign of a team is to be able to play with adversity and keep moving."
Patrick Henry was a big underdog heading into Wednesday's city showdown. The Patriots returned just three players with varsity experience.
Guard Jewell Parfitt led PH with 17 points, while Errianna West-Durham added 12. Parfitt and West-Durham combined for eight of the Patriots' 10 3-pointers.
In a stunning statistic, PH made just two 2-point field goals in the entire game.
"We couldn't keep that scoring pace with them," PH coach Toree Dunleavy said. "The defense kind of broke down. They scored a lot. We were able to keep up with them at first, but in the long run that's a lot of points for us."
Patrick Henry is hoping to raise its level to perhaps claim the WVD's No. 3 berth in the Northwest Region by the postseason. Third-place George Washington took a 21-point victory over the Patriots earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Fleming must hit its stride in time for the Jan. 29 rematch with Franklin County in Rocky Mount.
"Not there yet, not quite," Stevens said. "But we're still working hard to get there."
PATRICK HENRY (6-10, 1-2)
Whitaker 0 0-0 0, Parfitt 6 1-2 17, Millner 0 1-2 1, Bryant 1 2-4 5, West-Durham 4 0-0 12, Kasey 0 0-0 0, Comer 1 0-0 3, Peters 0 0-0 0, Bonds 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Long 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 4-8 38.
WILLIAM FLEMING (11-5, 3-1)
Stevens 2 3-4 8, Graves 4 4-6 13, Haynes 5 4-5 17, Anderson 3 5-5 11, Keeling 3 2-4 8, Minnis 1 0-0 2, Lee 3 3-5 9, Doane 3 2-2 8, Booker 0 0-2 0. Totals 24 23-33 76.
Patrick Henry 14 7 9 8-38
William Fleming 29 18 8 21-76
3-point-goals - Patrick Henry 10 (Parfitt 4, West-Durham 4, Bryant, Comer), William Fleming 5 (Haynes 3, Stevens, Graves). Total fouls - Patrick Henry 20, William Fleming 11. Fouled out - none.
JV - William Fleming won 48-22.