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Patrick Henry girls finish in the final four

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Estill— The Patrick Henry girls basketball team recently wrapped up a stellar season by finishing in the Final Four of the state playoff tournament.

Head Coach Belinda McCoy said that she was happy with the things her team was able to accomplish this season.

“We set our goals high going into the season,” she says. “We hit a few bumps in the road during the season with injuries and such but that’s going to happen during a season. You just can’t avoid those things in basketball because the season is so long.

“We just came up one game short of where we intended to be.”

Patrick Henry fell in the final four to Beaufort.

“They are a really good team,” says McCoy, “But we kind of knew that going in.”

Patrick Henry was a young team this season with Caelan Taylor as the only senior. Juniors on the team were Abbie Wiggins and Stephanie Carillo.

The rest of the team was sophomores and freshmen, including Sophomores Kaylee Bratcher, Saniah Sexton, Logan Cone, and Madelyn McKenzie, and Freshmen Phoebe Gooding, Harper Rice, and Emory Priester.

Sexton was the team’s leading scorer for the season, averaging 19 point a game.

Wiggins and Taylor were also among the leaders as captains for the team and also led Patrick Henry on the boards, says McCoy.

McCoy said that the youth turned out to be a positive for her team, adding however that it’s harder for younger players to be consistent.

“We still have room to grow as a team and get ready for next year,” she adds. She explained that some of the players will be actively playing other sports in the off season or playing in AAU ball.



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