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Varsity boys, girls teams convene in South Hill as cross-county rivals square off
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Bassett hounds Lady Comets
SoVaNow.com / December 10, 2012Bassett ran past the Halifax County varsity girls’ basketball team Friday night, capitalizing on a tough pressure defense and a rebounding advantage on the way to a 58-35 win.
The Comet girls basically stayed within striking distance in the first half, but the visitors pulled away in the decisive third period.
Bassett improved to 4-1, including a win over HCHS rival GW-Danville. The Comet girls dropped to 2-3 this season, dealing with the physical demands of three games in five days.
Bassett put the Comets away with an 18-7 third period run, sparked by two double figure scorers. Kaliya Barbour had 14 points and Andrea Venable scored 11 for the visitors.
Halifax did not have any double figure scorers. Logan Holmes led the way with seven points, while Che’lese Bowman had six.
Bassett had advantages in a number of areas. The visitors did well at the foul line, connecting on 15-of-21 attempts. Bassett had 17 field goals and three treys. HCHS had ten field goals and three treys. The Comets were six-for-ten from the foul line.
Halifax made it competitive for a while, especially in the first period.
Bassett led 6-0 early, although the Lady Comets cut the lead to 6-5. The visitors later held a 10-5 advantage and extended the advantage to 16-9 following a three-point play.
Lakia Martin, who finished with four points, made it 16-11 early in the second period. Bassett used its pressure to force HCHS into turnovers, creating some easy opportunities for the visitors. Bassett led 27-18 with 2:08 left in the second period.
Whitney White got into early foul trouble, picking up her third with 1:29 left in the half. By halftime, HCHS trailed by ten, 29-19.
HCHS struggled in the third period, and Bassett sealed the deal.
Rebounding - and Bassett’s ability to get second shots - became an issue for the Comets. Bassett showcased good offensive execution and led 31-19.
A turnover and a Bassett layup made it 33-19. Bassett then hit a 3-pointer off after an offensive rebound, establishing a 36-19 lead. Bassett led, 47-26, at the end of the third period, and Halifax never recovered.
“They pressured us. I thought we handled the pressure better tonight than we have in the past, from Monday. I thought we improved in that area,” HCHS coach Billy Lucas said.
“Just a couple of times, we messed up when we brought the ball to the side, which is what Bassett was wanting. They were able to get the trap and then get turnovers off it. “Whenever we kept the ball in the middle, we were able to bring the ball up the court and do what we needed to,” he said.
Bassett also got multiple second chance points. “They were able to get second chance shots. The first half, they were able to get a lot more. In the second half, I thought we did a better job at it, compared to the first half,” Lucas said.
HCHS also had to deal with a crowded schedule last week, playing three games in five days, and illness has also drained the team.
“These girls have been sick, just about everyone has. We’ve had something going through the team, and it’s wearing on them. Three games in five days, and sickness, it wears on a team,” Lucas said.
In earlier action, the Lady Bulldogs from Martinsville proved to be too tough for the Lady Comets Wednesday.
Martinsville downed the Comets, 56-43.
Hallifax struggled offensively, especially in the third period, and had just three field goals in the second half.
Halifax had several players contributing to the scoring totals, but just not enough overall proficiency to overtake the Martinsville squad.
Brittani Boxley scored 16 points to lead the Comets.
Logan Holmes had eight points, while Lakia Martin added six. Alexia Tucker had five and Janiyah Logan added eight.
“The girls played hard against Martinsville we just came up short in the end. I was proud of the girls for fighting all night long especially since they went through a lot of adversity during the game.
“Martinsville jumped out to an early lead on us. I believe that could be from where it was our first away game. We were able to cut into the lead and actually led by half time. The third really hurt us because we were getting good look at shots but just weren’t able to connect on them. This allowed Martinsville to get a lead on us and but we kept fighting but just weren’t able to come back in the end,” said Lucas.
HCHS play Person County on the road Tuesday, and return home Friday for Martinsville.
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