POWHATAN- Powhatan Girls Basketball this past week split its two games on the road, bouncing back from a rough 84-33 loss to beat Monticello 52-39 and improve to 7-4 prior to Monday’s game at Midlothian.
“Friday we bounced back really nice,” Powhatan head coach Kristy Henderson said on Sunday. “The girls responded really well. I’m very proud of them.”
Coach Henderson described the victory over Monticello as a “good team win.” Freshman Faith Henderson continued a strong first varsity season on Friday, leading the Indians with 17 points. Senior standout Maggie Salomonsky delivered 12 points, and junior Reese Vandell, Coach Henderson said, “had the best game she’s had all season.” She shot four-for-five from the field with a pair of three-pointers.
“She came off the bench, played a lot of minutes and handled the pressure,” Coach Henderson said. “It was a big game for her; it was good to see that. Hopefully she can continue this down the line here.”
Coach Henderson said that her players did a nice job of pressuring Monticello, and that they’re doing better with not letting things like turnovers affect them in a domino-effect type of fashion. She also pointed to the improvement in atmosphere from Thursday to Friday.
“We came out flat, we came out slow, I just felt like we were a half-a-second behind on Thursday,” Coach Henderson said. “But Friday was a different story. It was a little more excitement for us and better atmosphere and...we were the ones controlling the tempo on Friday night, which was not the case on Thursday night.”
Coach Henderson called this upcoming week a tough week for her team competition-wise. The Indians will play back-to-back road games at Midlothian on Monday, Jan. 7 (7 p.m.) and at Western Albemarle on Tuesday, Jan. 8 (7:30 p.m.), then will return home on Friday, Jan. 11 to host Charlottesville at 7:30 p.m.
“Midlothian is a region game for us and Western Albemarle’s pretty good,” Coach Henderson said, “and then we have to redeem ourselves hopefully on Friday against Charlottesville.”
Powhatan will also play home games versus Hanover on Monday, Jan. 14 (look for updated game time on www.jeffersondistrict.org) and Orange County on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Coach Henderson: ‘We were way better’ in Dec. 28 game versus Patrick Henry
JaBryah Haverkamp knocked down six of her Patriots’ nine three’s and totaled a game-high 20 points to help Patrick Henry achieve a 52-41 victory over Powhatan in a Dec. 28 invitational game at Douglas Freeman High School.
The last time the two teams met in early December, Patrick Henry was able to put together a dominant 57-34 effort against the Indians.
But this time around, Powhatan went toe-to-toe with the Patriots through the first half, led as late as the third quarter and showed itself to be much-improved since its Dec. 5 game at Patrick Henry.
“We were way better,” said Powhatan Girls Basketball head coach Kristy Henderson, who pointed to her players’ hard work and strong defensive effort in holding the Patriots to 17 points in the first half. “Offensively we struggled tonight to put the ball in the hole, but the effort was there, and the intensity was there, and that’s what I needed from them…tough loss, good game.”
Behind Haverkamp’s 20 and six three’s, Logan Nuckols made three shots from behind the arc and netted 15 points total, and the Patriots in the second half assembled a couple of key runs, including one for 10 points in the third quarter, to pull away from the Indians.
“They have some excellent basketball players and great shooters,” Coach Henderson said of the Patriots while adding: “It hurts when they make wide-open three’s and we miss our wide-open three’s, and they hit another one and we don’t, and then it takes a minute to get back into it.”
Senior Maggie Salomonsky gained steam in the second half with a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter to lead Powhatan with 16 points on Friday. Her teammate Faith Henderson rolled out a 10-point fourth quarter to finish the game with 12 points total.
Patrick Henry at the start of the game attacked the basket from the outside, getting a couple of looks before Haverkamp and Nuckols each found the basket on three-pointers for early leads.
But Powhatan’s Salomonsky was rolling early, taking a teammate’s assist to the hoop for her team’s first points of the game and then tying the contest at 6-6 after putting-back the ball on multiple offensive rebounds.
Katie Henderson added a fast layup off another assist to send the Indians ahead 8-6 at first quarter’s end.
But the Patriots surged in the second, passing Powhatan on a six-point run.
The freshman duo of Faith Henderson and Kayla Terry combined to give Powhatan a five-point go-ahead stretch as Faith drew a foul and knocked down two free throws, and Terry turned a drive that was started by a Patrick Henry turnover near mid-court into a lead-getting three-pointer.
But the Patriots mirrored the Indians’ short run on two from the line by Smith and three from the field by Haverkamp to hold a 17-13 edge at halftime.
After both teams traded six points each at the top of the third quarter on back-to-back three’s from Powhatan’s Salomonsky and consecutive three-pointers from Patrick Henry’s Nuckols and Haverkamp, the Patriots took the lead for the final time and held it from there. Haverkamp helped her team gain separation on another three in the quarter, and Patrick Henry climbed into a double-digit advantage on a 10-point run.
Faith poured in 10 points for Powhatan in the fourth quarter, including two off of offensive boards plus the and-one free throw that followed.
But despite a combined 20 points from Faith, Salomonsky and senior Charlotte Kramer in the final eight minutes, both Nuckols and Haverkamp stayed red-hot from behind the arc and continued to find their way to the basket to help keep the Patriots in command down the closing stretch.
Kramer gave Powhatan its first lead of the game when she captured a loose ball near Patrick Henry’s basket after an opponent got a hand on it and accidentally angled it her way; she quickly sank the layup. Kramer contributed eight points in the Dec. 28 game.
Patrick Henry’s Jessica Osuanah and Powhatan’s Katie Henderson were among the players who registered blocks in the contest.