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Comets get one more shot
SoVaNow.com / January 28, 2013The Halifax County High School boys’ varsity basketball team is one game away from a winless season in its last campaign of Western Valley district basketball. The Comets (0-7, 7-12) lost to a talented, versatile PH-Roanoke club Thursday night, 62-49.
But the Comets still have a shot at making the Western Valley district tournament. HCHS, which has a non-conference game against Bassett tonight at home, will travel to Franklin County Friday with the hopes of springing an upset. If HCHS defeats Franklin, that would set up an extra matchup between the Comets and Eagles to determine fourth place in the regular season standings and the final WVD tournament spot.
FCHS is 1-4 in the league, with three games left in WVD play, starting Tuesday against Fleming. FCHS then has Halifax at home Friday, with another game at PH on Feb. 5.
So, it’s an important week for the Comets.
HCHS could not contain PH’s Marcus Banks, who had nine points in the first period and finished with 22. Christian Kirchman added three second half 3-pointers and had 11 points.
Austin Donithan had 11 points and 11 boards for PH, now 16-2 overall and 4-1 in the district.
PH started slowly, but proved effective once the offense clicked into a higher gear.
The Comets played well in the first period, outscoring PH, 15-13, as Tavion Petty scored 10 points, including three 3-pointers. Keyshawn Johnson added five.
But PH had a major reset in the second period, outscoring HCHS, 16-6. The Pats led 29-21 at the half and outscored Halifax, 34-18, after halftime. PH struck for four 3s in the second half and cruised to the win.
But even with PH’s expected win over the Comets, William Fleming downed GW-Danville, 76-72. The Colonels, who swept HCHS, can win the WVD regular season with a sweep of Franklin County and PH this week.
Meanwhile, HCHS fell short again.
Seven Comets scored, as Keyshawn Johnson had 11 points. Tavion Petty led the way with 18. James Burden had seven.
The Comets struggled with turnovers again with 24. HCHS also had only ten rebounds all night, including one offensive rebounds and nine on defense.
Halifax did not get enough shots on offense to hang with the Pats, because of the turnover issues.
The Comets also had only four assists, against 24 turnovers. Coach Larry Epperly called these ‘alarming numbers.’
Even with all of these issues, HCHS played a very competitive game against PH. The Comets had chances all night, including a wide open layup that would have cut the PH lead to four points in the final period.
Halifax had a decent night shooting the 3-pointer, although the Comets were 40 percent from the floor, with 60 percent free throw shooting.
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