The Kenny Brooks era tipped off this weekend with the Hokies facing UNC Asheville on Friday and Georgetown on Sunday with Virginia Tech having a chance to get off to a strong start. In both games, the Hokies were down at halftime, but both games showed that the Hokies have a lot of toughness and don’t panic in the face of adversity.
Virginia Tech 71, UNC Asheville 52
The Virginia Tech Hokies were down by 4 at halftime but were absolutely dominant after on their way to an 18-point victory over UNC Asheville. The Hokies were led by star sophomore guard Chanette Hicks who had 24 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals in what was a strong performance to start her second season in Blacksburg.
Meanwhile, Regan Magarity led the frontcourt with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block while Sidney Cook had 10 points and 3 rebounds as the primary frontcourt pair for Virginia Tech. Sami Hill was also solid in her first game as the senior had 11 points and 5 rebounds while Vanessa Panousis had 4 points and 3 rebounds with Genesis Parker debuting with 7 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Virginia Tech 73, Georgetown 63
The Hokies were down all the way to the fourth quarter but had a 22-10 final period to take Georgetown 73-63 in what was an impressive closing to a strong debut weekend for Kenny Brooks. Regan Magarity was the star in this game with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block in a dominant performance for the Hokies’ talented forward.
Meanwhile, Chanette Hicks continued to impress with 16 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals with fellow guard Sami Hill having 14 points and 5 rebounds plus 4 points and 6 rebounds from Vanessa Panousis. Sidney Cook had 11 points and 5 rebounds with Genesis Parker having 3 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds.
1. Virginia Tech has a thin rotation: The Hokies only went seven-deep in both games with Genesis Parker and Kaela Kinder being the only two players to come off the bench. This has to be a concern for the Hokies especially if a couple injuries happen for the Hokies, meaning health will be critical for Virginia Tech’s success.
2. Chanette Hicks is the Hokies’ star: Chanette Hicks was impressive this past weekend averaging 20 points, 4 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 3 steals through her first two games. Hicks is only a sophomore and has to be a big reason why Virginia Tech fans can have confidence that it may not take long for Kenny Brooks to get the program on track especially when having a talented point guard like Hicks.
3. Regan Magarity is back to being 100%: Injuries have affected Regan Magarity in the past but her performance this weekend was impressive especially Sunday with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block. Magarity may be the player Virginia Tech can least afford to lose given their depth concerns in the frontcourt and the presence of Genesis Parker in the backcourt.