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Brittany Allen credits her mother for the shooting technique that led to 30 points against Patrick County.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
STUART — So who exactly taught Richlands junior Brittany Allen that perfect follow-through on her 3-point shot, the one with her right wrist held high and kept aloft just a tad long for emphasis?
“Definitely my mom,” Allen said.
Good work, mom.
Allen’s shooting form produced 30 points Monday night and it kept Patrick County from winning the Region IV Division 3 title as Richlands took the championship for the third straight year with a 55-45 victory over the Cougars.
Patrick County (17-9) had high hopes of claiming its third regional title in the last five years, but Allen hit six of Richlands’ 10 3-pointers to send the visitors back to Tazewell County with the trophy.
“We knew she was a good player, but we didn’t get in her face enough I guess,” Patrick County forward Bri Dodson said. “We tried to, but it just didn’t work.”
Allen, a 5-foot-7 junior who has more than 1,200 career points and has already committed to Winthrop, found open spots in Patrick County’s defense all night. Her back-to-back 3-pointers following one by teammate Makenley Davis gave the Blue Tornadoes a 42-25 lead late in the third quarter.
The Cougars never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
“She’s a very good player,” Patrick County coach Glenn Burnett said. “She beat us in the region a couple of years ago as a freshman. We just couldn’t find her in transition. The scouting report was to get to her. A couple of times we were beside of her with our hands down instead of our hands in her face.
“She was able to shoot the ball well against us, and she was pretty much the difference.”
Richlands (20-4) also benefitted from the presence of 6-foot-1 center Rachel Alley, whose defense in the paint helped hold Piedmont District co-player of the year Ebony Reynolds to just six points, all after the visitors built a 29-18 halftime lead.
Alley also wiped out the Cougars’ only lead of the game, hitting a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer that put Richlands up 9-8.
“Ebony really hasn’t had anyone that tall to guard her all year,” Burnett said. “She handled it better in the second half, but in the first half [Alley] really shut us down. The Alley kid was really a difference maker.”
Most of Patrick County’s offense came from the perimeter. Dodson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. Hannah Helbert added 12 for the Cougars.
Patrick County was unable to cash in on the home-floor advantage. Richlands rolled into town on a school bus, making the winding descent down Lovers Leap mountain following a pregame meal.
Richlands used a six-man rotation. Allen played 32 minutes.
“We were on the floor the whole game, so I was feeling it a little bit,” she said.
Richlands avoided a longer trip Saturday by winning the regional title. The Blue Tornadoes, who reached the Group AA Division 3 semifinals in Richmond last year, will play Brookville in a quarterfinal at 11 a.m. Saturday at UVa-Wise.
“I don’t care if we play at 9 o’clock right now,” Richlands coach Dennis Palmer said. “We’ll take it and go on.”
Patrick County would have earned a Friday game at Salem Civic Center against Brookville with a victory Monday. Instead, the Cougars will play once-beaten Region III champion Spotswood on Saturday at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.
“Spotswood is the real deal,” Burnett said. “They are the best team I’ve seen all year and they have one of the best post players I’ve seen all year. It will be a tough matchup for our kids.”
Davis 3 0-0 9, Compton 1 0-0 2, Alley 4 0-2 9, B.Allen 8 8-10 30, Richardson 2 1-2 5, Hearl 0 0-0 0, Ashiq 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-14 55.
PATRICK COUNTY (17-9)
Dodson 6 0-1 17, Helbert 3 6-8 12, Reynolds 1 4-6 6, Wilkinson 2 0-2 4, Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Witt 1 0-0 2, Hines 0 0-0 0, Shough 0 0-0 0, Owens 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-17 45.
Richlands 9 20 18 8 —55
Patrick County 8 10 16 11—45
3-point-goals — Richlands 10 (B.Allen 6, Davis 3, Alley), Patrick County 5 (Dodson 5). Total fouls — Richlands 13, Patrick County 14. Fouled out — none.
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