Sunday, December 18, 2016

This Tech Team is Simply Dazzling; Will Fans Follow?

Chanette Hicks (12) is worth the price of admission, but on Kenny Brooks' team, there's much more.
I just finished watching Virginia Tech's 24th-ranked women's basketball team beat a good Auburn team 92-87 in overtime to remain unbeaten (11-0) and I'm wondering if this team is going to catch on with a fan base here.

(Update: Roanoke's local daily paper apparently hasn't caught on. I just went online to read its coverage and there was none. Not one word.)

Itis a thoroughly entertaining basketball team, one with a small, fast, smart point guard--Chanette Hicks--who will be the best player on the floor in most of her team's games this year. But there is a lot more to this Tech team (which went 17-12 last year and hired Kenny Brooks away from James Madison in the off season). Brooks' imprint is has been immediate, forceful and, I will repeat, entertaining. He also contributed his superb freshman forward daughter.

For the record, Hicks was a bright flash with 18 points, 13 assists and five steals, but Sidney Cook led Tech scoring with 23 points and the always reliable Vanessa Panousis had 20. Regan Magarity had a double/double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The responsibilities for this team's success are spread evenly and smoothly.

Tech has now beaten two SEC teams (the other is Tennessee, which will likely be Top 10 eventually) and is getting ready for ACC play. I don't believe this team is expected to finish higher than the middle of the pack in the conference, but my money is on the Hokies to surprise a lot of people because they play smart and with incredible energy.

Slip on your overalls and run down to Tech Wednesday to see Tech play Radford. They'll be home against North Carolina Jan. 23 and they have Saturday or Sunday home games the rest of the way against Florida State, Syracuse and Virginia. They play No. 2 Notre Dame Thursday, Feb. 2 at Cassell Coliseum. And there's more that are attractive.

Remember: Tickets are just $8 ($3 for kids). I suggest that if you have a daughter, you take her. I wish to hell Madeline was close by. I'd make a fan of her.

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