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Halifax County, now 15-5, pestered Dan River with relentless hustle en route to a 54-42 win.
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Comets hammer Patrick
SoVaNow.com / January 13, 2014
Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball got a near free-pass Friday night against a Patrick County team that struggled with basketball fundamentals, but the Comets have a demanding stretch coming up.
Halifax is now 10-3. The Comets demolished visiting PC, 69-25.
The win over the Cougars came after a disappointing loss Wednesday at Heritage.
But all that disappointment got washed away Friday night.
The Cougars never got any kind of traction against the Comet offense.
Meanwhile, ten Comets scored in the PC win, with two players in double figures. Trelanne Johnson led HCHS with 13 points, while James Smith Jr. had 12. Will Miller had a strong game with eight points, while Tavion Petty added seven.
Quentin Jennings, Treyvon Brandon and Keyshawn Johnson had five apiece. Ramel Hill added six.
Justin Williams and James Burden had four apiece.
The Comets consistently thwarted the PC squad and used a stronger overall athletic skill set to sail past the visitors.
HCHS ripped off a 14-2 run in the first period and then pummeled Patrick with a 23-7 surge in the second quarter. By halftime, HCHS led, 37-9. There was no drama in the second half.
Petty said the win adds momentum for HCHS, heading into a difficult stretch. Petty admitted this kind of lopsided win presented a challenge for HCHS, although the Comets were able to keep their focus.
“It is, but you’ve got to fight through it, get your second team going when they’re in the game,” said Petty. Everyone got to play, and all the team members contributed. The Comets rebuilt a little momentum with the win.
“A win’s a win. As long as we’re winning, 10-3, a district win, you can’t complain,” said Petty.
Halifax had finished 9-12 back-to-back the last two years.
MILLER HELPS: Sophomore Will Miller had a solid game, with eight points. He had three field goals and made both of his free throws for eight points, and he also had a solid floor game.
Miller said his focus has been to improve in practice and work hard. The Comets are trying to get better with a tight schedule the next two weeks.
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