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CARY, N.C. — At the half in the NCAA women’s soccer semis, Virginia Tech and Florida State are tied 1-1.
Ashley Manning scored for Tech in the 32nd minute, but Kristin Grubka tied it up on a header off a free kick in the 42nd minute.
If you missed it in the paper or elsewhere on the site, here is my Va. Tech women’s soccer game preview for the FSU game today.
And an update on Josh Henderson, the Cave Spring grad who has been seeing action and sometimes starting at center for the Vanderbilt basketball team. Vanderbilt says today that an MRI has confirmed that he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, as well as the meniscus, in the first half in Vandy’s game against Marshall last night. He will need 8-9 months to recover.
“I think maybe it was one of our own guys that kind of crashed into Josh,” coach Kevin Stallings said last night, according to the Tennessean. “It hurts. Josh was playing well. He’s been playing good basketball for us. … I’m so sad for him and so sorry for him because unfortunately bad things happen to good people, and he’s a wonderful kid and has worked very hard to try to become a good player.”
The fourth-year junior missed most of the 2011-12 season with an injured foot. He started 21 games last season and three this season. He has been averaging 6.6 points and 19 minutes this season.
Vanderbilt center and Cave Spring grad Josh Henderson likely tore his ACL and MCL in Thursday’s game, Vandy coach Kevin Stallings told the Tennessean after the game.
He has been starting this season. He also was hurt two seasons ago, missing most of that season.
If you read my game story with quotes in the previous post or in the paper or elsewhere on the site, here are additional quotes:
“It felt good. Coach called my name and I was just ready to go out there and help the team any way I could. Joey picked up some fouls and then got a bloody nose or whatever so I had to go in there and step up.
“Coach expects more out of me and I wasn’t doing that. I’ve got to just pick up things and play as hard as I can. … I’ve just got to pick it up early, as soon as I get out there. I start off kind of slow sometimes.”
On his second half: “Coach told me to attack more and really try to get everyone else involved with me attacking and kicking out.”
On the offense in the second half: “We started pushing the ball up the floor, getting run-outs, getting people for open 3s. Offensive board, which is one thing we emphasized because of their size.”
On the team shooting 70 percent in the second half: “They had smaller guards, which was able for our bigger guards to really just shoot right over the top of them. … I think that was a big factor, them not having the size to guard us.”
“It’s not the NBA. We couldn’t call anybody up from the D League for 10-day contracts tonight. … We had guys step up and make plays tonight with the depleted bench. That was a great team victory.”
On Eddie: “He got into a zone and we went to him and he delivered. I didn’t think he forced anything tonight. I thought he was very, very efficient. He scored the ball, he rebounded the ball, he played the point. … That was a performance by him tonight.”
On the offense in the second half: “We did a good job attacking. Devin got going and got to the basket a little bit and then it was the drives and kicks. We had some open 3s, CJ Barksdale and Jarell Eddie. But it started out with us getting defensive stops and then being able to push the ball up the floor in transition.”
On van Zegeren: “Joey did a great job. Our emphasis to start the game was to go inside. We were bigger at every position.”
On Johnston: “He didn’t have a particularly great shooting night … but he did other things.”
On Raines: “His last few days of practice have been great. … All those guys understand that … we’ve got options. You have to bring it every day. …. He got an opportunity tonight and he played hard, he was efficient and he produced. They kind of understand that’s kind of my coaching style dating back to last year with Barksdale when we didn’t have a lot of numbers. It’s just the way that I coach and it’s just the way how it’s going to be. This year we’re fortunate we’ve got a lot more bodies but it has to be like that no matter what. … I don’t want anybody to get relaxed.”
On how much practice time Eddie had at the point: “Probably 10 minutes reviewing our offense in the shootaround today. We kept it simple. We cut down the playbook a lot for him, but just enough to give Devin Wilson a breather. Jarell did a very good job running the point. We found out Adam Smith at the shootaround today that he wasn’t going to be able to go.”
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On Eddie: “He’s open when he’s not open because he can just shoot over the top of people. … I’m going to pause the tape I think on the bus on the way home and there’s going to be a lot of shots that he made that were tough, contested shots. … I think the basket looked really really big to that kid tonight.”
On second half: “We let our offensive deficiences affect us on the defensive end. We had some breakdowns, they made some really, really tough shots. The kid Devin Wilson started putting his head down and driving the ball. He’s a big, strong, physical guard. We allowed him to get into the lane, put fouls on us, spraying out for 3s.”
BLACKSBURG — The Hokies lead 42-33 at the half against Winthrop, thanks in large part to Jarell Eddie’s 20 points.
Cadarian Raines saw action off the bench.
Will Johnston started in place of Adam Smith.
Tech is shooting 53.6 percent from the field and is 7 of 14 from 3-point range.
Adam Smith won’t play against Winthrop tonight because of a strained calf.