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SoVaNow.com / January 30, 2014

The Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team won its second straight game Monday night, breezing past Tunstall, 75-37.

The Comets are now 13-5 and 7-3 in the Piedmont district.

The Comets appear to be in favorable position to host a Conference 16 semifinal opener at home.

That’s important.

The Comets are part of a four-team conference, which also includes Orange, Albemarle and PH-Ashland. Two teams will host conference semifinals and the winners there move to the conference finals. Both of the conference finalists also make the 5-A regional north hoops action.

HCHS was very dominant in the win over Tunstall, part of a three-game set for the Comets this week. Halifax will host the rescheduled Bassett game tonight, and a potent GW-Danville squad tomorrow.

Ten Comets got into the scoring column against Tunstall.

Keyshawn Johnson proved effective with a potent dribble drive, and he led the way with 13 points. Tavion Petty added 12 and James Burden had some excellent moves in the paint, finishing with ten. Quentin Jennings chipped in with nine, and Kevon Tucker and James Smith Jr. had eight apiece. Trelanne Johnson, again doing many things on the court well, finished with seven points. Will Miller had some nice moments and finished with four points. Tevin Edmunds and Ramel Hill had two points apiece. Dustin Kuczinski led Tunstall with 16.

HCHS dominated from the half, leading 19-11 at the end of the first period and 38-22 at the half.

Petty had a quick start, draining two 3s in the first period and scoring 10 of his total in the opening eight minutes. Smith also had three free throws and Burden added two baskets.

Halifax looked particularly impressive in the third period, outscoring the visitors 20-6. Tunstall managed only one field goal in that eight minute stretch.

K. Johnson really went to work on the Tunstall defense in that period, hitting a 3 pointer and adding three two-point field goals, along with one free throw. Johnson’s quickness was way too much for Tunstall to handle. At the end of the third, the Comets led, 58-28.

The Comets displayed a new intensity for this game. HCHS stepped it up for the Tunstall game.

“I bragged on this team all season about how hard they play. We (the coaches) watched a lot of tape Sunday, and ... the thing that was missing the last two games was that we didn’t play as hard as we had been playing earlier. Tonight we got back to playing hard,” coach Larry Epperly said.

The Comets executed and “did some good things out there tonight,” he said.

“We forced some turnovers (Tunstall had 19) and were switching and really made it difficult for them,” said Epperly.

“Every time they ran a screen and came off of it, we were right there waiting on them. We just had more intensity, more passion and played the way we have played most of the season. I was happy to see it,” Epperly said.

HCHS hit six of 18 three-pointers and only had 10 turnovers. Tunstall went 0-9 from the bonusphere.

“I think we will be fine from here on out. I’m really happy with the effort and the execution we saw tonight. We’ve got some tough games coming up. I think we’re focused and ready to get back on track,” said Epperly.

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