Hometown Hoops Weekly: Patrick Henry Girls

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- In just his second year with the program, Patrick Henry's head coach Mike Hedrick led the girls basketball team to their first ever state tourney appearance in 2018. Since then, they've only gotten tougher.

"You know when I got here, this was a program a lot of people doubted," Hedrick said.

The difference is drastic.

"Why do you want to come here? Now, nobody asks me that any more," he said.

The evidence is clear.

"We've won a conference championship. A tournament championship. We've now won 11 games in a row. All things we did not do last year," Hedrick said.

Patrick Henry girls' basketball is not what it used to be.

"It's just a difference in culture and a difference in mindset in how people look at our program," he said.

And it all starts with a hashtag.


"Every challenge, they've just been like bring it on. Next one, what we gonna do?" Hedrick said.

Three seniors have been faithful Patriots through thick and thin.

"To see this team progress is really amazing. All the work we've put in is really paying off. Just coming together as a team and rebuilding the culture of PH women's basketball," senior Syleah Manns said.

"I don't remember the last time PH girls' basketball actually won, so no one took us seriously at all," senior Mariah Wilson said.

Celebrating the sweet taste of success because they've been on the other side.

"We went from winning 11 games in four years to winning 40-some in two?" senior Serena Lytton said.

Back in the state tourney for the second year in a row, this teams' confidence -- higher than it's ever been.

"It's a really good feeling when you've done everything you can from this point. Now you can just leave it on the table. Whatever happens happens. You can move on from that and we have no regrets. That's the good thing with this group," Hedrick said.

"Anything you want to work toward, if you're actually willing to put in the work and the time and the effort you can get anything done," Lytton said.