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Comet guard James Burden (30) reaches for a rebound against Fleming. (David Conner II photo) / January 24, 2013
The Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team isn’t playing as poorly as the overall record would suggest. The no. 1 issue is the overall strength of the Western Valley district.

HCHS, now 0-6 in the WVD and 7-11 overall, lost at home to a tough William Fleming squad, 52-41, on Tuesday.

“Fleming is one of the best teams we’ve played all year. They play really good defense. They’re coming off a win over Patrick Henry.

“They have a really good player (Warren Craft) who’s already committed (verbally) to Virginia Tech,” Comet coach Larry Epperly said.

HCHS gave a good effort, with solid team spirit, and still lost. Fleming is better than HCHS.

Halifax really struggled on the offensive end.

The Comets connected on just one of 12 three-point attempts. HCHS was at 54 percent from the free throw line, and 34 percent from the floor.

“We just had a hard time making baskets,” said Epperly.

Fleming led 16-11 at the end of the first period and the Comets trailed, 25-19, at halftime. The Comets trailed 43-33 at the end of three periods, in a very respectable effort by a good group of players who have worked hard this season.

“To hold a good team like them to 52 points, you’ve done a pretty good job. Offense was really hard for us (on Tuesday) and making shots. And they did hurt us on the boards last night,” said Epperly.

On the positive side, HCHS only had 12 turnovers, a major improvement. “We improved in some areas. Unfortunately, we played a team that was really, really good,” said Epperly.

“They’re just better than we are right now. We’ve just got to keep plugging,” saud Epperly.

Craft paced Fleming with 16 points, while Shalik Law had 15. Fleming is 13-4 overall and 4-1 in the district, part of a crowded race at the top of the WVD.

HCHS got 11 points from Keyshawn Johnson, 11 from Evin Morrison, and six from James Burden. Dakota Delaware added eight.

HCHS will play Patrick Henry at home tonight, and the Pats are also very good, with a senior dominated squad.

PH is 15-2.

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