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William Davis stretches to keep the ball from going out of bounds against GW Friday. (David Conner II photos) / January 27, 2020

The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team got its first two losses on the season this week when they fell to Piedmont District foe George Washington 74-53 Friday in Halifax and to Appomattox earlier in the week.

The losses – Halifax suffered its first loss to non-district Appomattox 56-49 on Wednesday at home – have the team at 14-2, 6-1 Piedmont. The current record has the Comets fourth in the district behind Martinsville, GW and Magna Vista.

The Comets have two games scheduled this week, each road games. Halifax travels to Martinsville on Tuesday and plays at Tunstall High School Friday to close out the week.

In Friday night’s loss to GW the Comets came out the gate hot, posting 19 first quarter points paced by Kameron Roberts who scored seven in the frame off a trey and two baskets.

GW knocked down 13 in the first aided by going six-of-10 from the foul line. Before the night was over foul shots would play a big part in the game. Collectively the Comets were nine-of-23 from the stripe on the game.

Halifax’s shooting cooled off considerably in the second period with the team posting nine points. Meanwhile, GW had a solid frame of offensive production scoring 18 points.

Zach Carter’s three points led the Comets in the second. Halifax was one-of-eight at the line over the course of the quarter.

GW held the 31-28 lead at halftime. Roberts had nine first half points; Jakobe Dixon headed GW with 10 points.

The third period was packed full of offense from both teams with the visitors taking the frame 21-19.

Kevon Ferrell had six points for Halifax. Carter added five points.

For GW, Dixon drained three treys; teammate Donavan Howard had eight from the floor and one from the line.

Halifax was down 47-52 going to the final period.

The Comets all but saw their offense disappear in the fourth period, striking for only six points in the frame. The points coming off three baskets from Ferrell who went five-of-five from the floor and two-of-two from the line during the second half.

GW ripped off 22 points led by Taevon Walden’s seven points. GW went eight-of-13 from the stripe in the fourth and shot 17-of-24 from the line on the night.

The Comets’ Ferrell, Roberts and Carter posted double-figures with points of 14, 12 and 10, respectively. GW’s Dixon paced all players with 19 points.

Halifax: J. Waller 5, K. Wells 3, K. Roberts 12, K. Ferrell 14, W. Davis 5, D. Jennings 4, Z. Carter 10.

GW: K. Barley 11, D. Baynes 3, J. Dixon 19, W. Graves 8, B. Price 5, T. Walden 12, S. Hairston 7, D. Howard 9.

Comets lose to Appomattox 56-49

On Wednesday night Halifax dropped its game with Appomattox High School 56-49 to suffer its first loss of the season.

The teams played to a 10-9 first period in Appomattox’s favor. Roberts and Ferrell had a trey each for the Comets.

Halifax turned up its offense in the second period posting 14 points while holding Appomattox to 11. Halifax took the two-point lead at 23-21 to the half.

Roberts had nine first half points, Ferrell six and Jaden Waller five points to pace Halifax.

Appomattox won the third period 16-12. Roberts posted seven points in the quarter.

Halifax dropped the final period 19-14 to take the 56-49 loss. Ferrell and Waller had four points apiece in the closing frame.

Roberts led all scorers with 18. Ferrell finished with 13 points, Waller with 11.

Halifax: J. Waller 11, K. Roberts 18, K. Ferrell 13, D. Jennings 3, Z. Carter 4.

Appomattox: J. Scott 8, L. Olimpio 6, T. Gilliam 11, T. Hurt 15, C. Scruggs 15. T. Clements 1.

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