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Members of the HCHS varsity boys basketball team are, from left, first row, Isaiah Hubbard, William Davis, Keshawn Wells, Jaden Waller, Adam Palmer, Jalen Lawson and Ty’Shawn Medley. Second row, coach Sterling Williams, Jhamad Lawson, Davon Jennings, Kevon Ferrell, Drew Russell, Kameron Roberts, Zach Carter, Malik Mayo, Amos Jones and assistant coach Nathan Lantor. / December 02, 2019
Inexperience is the new challenge for the boys’ basketball staff at Halifax County High School.

Throw in the lack of returning guard play, and you’ve got a good start on the obstacles facing Sterling Williams as Halifax returns to the hardwood.

Halifax scrimmaged Dan River Tuesday, and now the season begins this week.

Person County will provide the opposition Friday night in the home opener. The Comet jayvees open the Friday night program.

Williams said the primary goal is for the Comets to get better on a daily basis. The intention is to develop a solid team concept so Halifax can see improvement as the season rolls along.

GW-Danville is the reigning Class 4 state champions, and the Eagles are longtime rivals. So HCHS will have a very solid measuring stick for progress this season.

Halifax is part of the eight-team Class 4D regionals, so the Comets are assured of a postseason berth. Halifax will be hoping for at least a top four seed, so it can open the regionals at home.

Halifax had a memorable run to the state Class 5 tournament last spring, but it’s going to be a serious challenge to mount another run like that again.

Williams is positive about team bonding. The coaching staff had the team over for a pre-Thanksgiving meal after the Cosby scrimmage, and that kind of activity produces positive intangible results for teams.

The biggest issue for the Comets is to find playmakers at the guard spots.

Kevon Ferrell is the lone returning starter and Halifax has to fill a cohesive lineup around him.

Williams is looking for Devon Jennings to contribute after his sophomore campaign. Jhamad Lawson is also going to get some playing time.

Keyshawn Wells will be asked to step up and provide effective playing time at guard. Williams emphasized the guard play will be a matter of running the game day responsibilities by committee, with good ball sharing and effective team chemistry.

That’s the hope, anyway.

Zach Carter and Kameron Roberts are two other Comets looking good early.

The Comets have other forward-guard candidates, including Jadyn Waller and wing player Adam Palmer, who should be able to help with three-point shooting.

Halifax has a growing process ahead as Williams and the staff try to put together another deep playoff run.

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