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Kamyria Woody-Giggetts and Ella Morrison battle for the rebound. / November 22, 2021

The HCHS varsity girls basketball team shook off the rust of nearly two years without a game with a scrimmage Thursday against Dan River High School.

The Comets played one game last season, a first round game in the Region 4D tournament where they played as a six seed, losing to three seed Amherst 58-40.

Thursday’s scrimmage, run in per-quarter frames to work on areas of concern for both teams, saw Halifax win 49-39. The Comets won the first three quarters 12-11, 14-8 and 14-10, respectively. Dan River won the fourth period 10-9.

Coach David Graham said after two years away from playing high school basketball, he thought his girls performed fine.

“I felt we did very well,” Graham said. “I saw a lot of good, positive, things we’ve been working on and it was nice to practice against some kids other than your own teammates.

“It was their first scrimmage too and actually it wasn’t a bad ball game.”

One particular area of concern last year during the COVID-19 wrecked season was that of player conditioning time which was severely limited. Even with a more normal conditioning period this year the effects of the virus from last season still linger.

“The only thing that I say that we need to work on [is] conditioning,” Graham said. “We still don’t have our game legs yet. Once we can get into better shape … I’m just saying being able to play a whole game is going to be tough starting out.” The coach mentioned he expected game legs to be back after a couple of regular season games.

Graham said he was appreciative of the competiveness both teams displayed in the practice game. He said the experience of just being able to play again was surreal, yet exciting.

“For the first game just back - and this is the first game since we’ve had like one game in over two years - it’s just nice to get on the court and have a chance to play,” Graham said. “Really, I think that was the main thing.

“It was just fun to see the girls back out there playing. It looked like both teams were enjoying it.”

Getting down to the business of the season, the game allowed Graham some insight into the team’s strengths and weaknesses. Both teams ran zone defense.

“It ended up doing what I wanted it to do, see any weaknesses that we needed to work on and see if some of the things we had been working on would hold up and we got to see both of that so, it really, really helped us,” Graham said. “And that’s what scrimmages are about is finding things you need to improve and seeing if things you’ve already been working on will work.”

The girls play their final preseason game Tuesday when they travel to Lynchburg to take on Liberty Christian Academy. Jayvee starts at 5:30 p.m., varsity at 7.

Comet scores:

Saviana Bailey 6, Kira Graves 0, Ella Morrison 13, Kamyria Woody-Giggetts 7, Serena Hunter 2, Zy Sims 0, Shamya Hankins 5, Lynia Reed 8, Kamiya Brandon 0, Alyssa Glasscock 3, Sara Diaz 3, Kayla Chaney 0, Jadyn Harlow 2, Destiny Talbott 0.

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