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Comets face busy two weeks
SoVaNow.com / January 13, 2014
Comet head boys’ basketball coach Larry Epperly saw his charges split last week. The Comets all but gave one away at Heritage last Wednesday, followed by a very easy blowout win over Patrick County Friday.
HCHS simply had a major edge in overall athleticism and speed, along with a stronger overall game, in Friday’s 69-25 rout of PC. The Comets earlier stumbled at Heritage, 51-46.
Epperly sort of understood Friday’s deal from the outset.
“Wish we’d had a couple of those baskets Wednesday against Heritage,” admitted Epperly. “Tonight was a classification deal. We’re a little better right now.
“We played well, but (PC) is not very good. We’re just so much better right now.
“There was a tremendous talent advantage in our favor,” said Epperly.
Epperly used the PC game as a laboratory, seeking a particular answer as to who will fill the spot of eighth man in the rotation.
“I really wanted to get a lot of guys some minutes, to evaluate some guys, to see as we go down the stretch, who can we count on to be the eighth man in the rotation,” said Epperly.
The Comets have a difficult stretch ahead, with two games this week and four the week after. HCHS needed to get a better handle on who the key reserves are - and how the rotation sets up - heading into this challenging slate.
“It looks like practice is probably going to decide it in the next couple of days,” said Epperly.
Meanwhile, the Comets have a tough stretch coming up, with Martinsville Tuesday on the road.
HCHS then has Franklin County at home Friday.
From there, the Comets have Tunstall at home on Jan. 21, a makeup game at GW on Jan. 22. Halifax then follows with Magna Vista away on that Friday and Gretna at home on Saturday.
“It’s coming quick and all of these (Piedmont) district games are important, because of seeding,” said Epperly. “Everybody wants to win the district.”
HCHS, Franklin and Martinsville are battling for contention in the district, with GW-Danville stull unbeaten in Piedmont play so far.
Epperly hoped the Comets learned from this game, after virtually giving away the Heritage game last week.
Epperly was also pleased to meet the ten-win plateau, but he also said the Comets have to learn to win the games like the one they had on Wednesday. HCHS had multiple changes to lock down that win, but were unable to do lock down that opportunity.
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