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Comets face Millbrook in state quarterfinals

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SoVaNow.com / March 05, 2020
The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team will start VHSL Class 4 quarterfinals action Friday against Millbrook, at Heritage High School in Lynchburg at 7 p.m.

The no. 1 seed Comets are now 22-4, while Millbrook is 20-7.

Halifax and Millbrook both advanced to state competition after playing in their respective Region finals. Halifax won the Region 4D championship game defeating GW 56-54. Millbrook is the Region 4C Runner-up after losing to Loudoun County 56-43 in their region final.

If the Comets win Friday their next game will be against the winner of the Courtland/Woodrow Wilson quarterfinal match-up. Courtland is the Region-B champion, Woodrow Wilson the Region-A runner-up.

This game would be played on March 10 and a win would place the school in the state title championship game on March 13 at VCU’s Siegel Center.

Coming off an emotional win can sometimes negatively affect the players. The buzzer-beating win over GW was certainly full of emotions but Comet coach Sterling Williams said the team has progressed fine this week in practice.

“We had two good days of practice [so far],” Williams said. “I think having Saturday off allowed the players to enjoy the win, enjoy their families, and gave them time to reset for this playoff run.”

After Friday’s win Williams said that he and his coaching staff would be viewing game film on Millbrook to try and see any tendencies they may have. A review of Millbrook’s season shows that Halifax and the Pioneers have game scores that somewhat resemble each other, in the 50’s and 60’s. Each team has the ability to load up the points too, given the opportunity.

“Millbrook looks to push after made or missed baskets,” Williams said. “They have some guards who can put it down on the floor and can get to the basket. They have a couple of shooters who can really fill it up if you give them space.”

The state quarterfinals are not unfamiliar territory for the Comets as this is where their run to the state championship ended last year. This year’s Comets are a young team but have performed well under pressure the entire season and Williams expects his players to continue doing that.

“As we approach Friday, we are just taking it one practice at a time,” Williams said. [We’re] really working to get better in these coming days to prepare us for Friday.

“We are working to shore up some of [our] defensive rotations and assignments and on offense we are working on being more fluent from transition into half-court sets.”



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