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Comets counting on senior leadership / November 29, 2018
Halifax County High School varsity hoops started last night at home against Dan River with reason for optimism.

Halifax has seven players returning from last year. The returnees are Michael Spraggins, Kendall Dixon, MyQuan Williams, Otis Slayton, Breshaam Truesdale-El, John Wells, and Tyree Dunkley, all of whom are seniors this year.

“We’re looking for leadership and accountability from these guys. All of them play a very important role within our locker room. We are returning four starters from last year, Williams, Dunkley, Spraggins, and Dixon. Slayton and Truesdale to bring a lot of energy and defense for us,” coach Sterling Williams said.

Halifax is on the road to Person County Friday for a three-game set. Person and Halifax have a boys’ jayvee game first, followed by varsity girls and boys’ action.

Halifax has a reasonable collection of athleticism with this squad, with decent size. As always, the most significant test of this squad will come assuming Halifax makes the regional playoffs, as the competition steps up dramatically at that point.

As for the playoff picture, the Comet girls and boys are guaranteed spots in the sub-regional playoffs. The top teams in each sub-region get a bye. Then, the third seed plays the no. 6 seed, and 4-5 meet.

Halifax also has depth from the jayvees.

Halifax pulled five tenth graders up to varsity - Kevon Ferrell, Tucker Harris, Davon Jennings, Keshawn Wells, and Jhamad Lawson.

“These players are very athletic, quick learners, and very competitive. They bring energy every day, and we’re looking for these guys to not just be apart of the varsity program, but compete for some minutes. They have really been improving daily,” said Williams.

“Our early season approach has been on the defensive end of court. We really want to be better this season in that aspect. We gave up some offensive rebounds in the scrimmage games, so there’s still some work to do. We feel that we have some guys that can create their own shot, so we’ve been working on helping each other get open by setting screens for each other, and learning how to move without the ball. But our main focus has been on defense,” said Williams.

“Our goal is daily progress ... getting better every single day. It’s about getting the most out of each practice, each repetition, each player,” said Williams.

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