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Comets improve to 2-0; open Piedmont Tuesday

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Trelanne Johnson snags a rebound as Treyvon Brandon (4) watches the action. / December 09, 2013
Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball has enjoyed a blazing 2-0 start, with the start of Piedmont district regular season action coming Tuesday in South Boston.

HCHS will meet Martinsville.

The Comets powered by Heritage, 72-66, last Wednesday.

“We are pleased to open the season 2-0. We also realize that we have areas we need to improve on. We have to get better defensively and we have to rebound better,” said Comet coach Larry Epperly.

Heritage got 29 points from Justin Joyner, but the Comets answered with three double figure scorers. Tavion Petty, absolutely on fire to start the season, had 20 points, including two 3-pointers. Trelanne Johnson added 19 points and Keyshawn Johnson had 16.

HCHS remained effective beyond the arc, sinking seven 3s. Halifax found a way to win.

“We got stops when we needed them and we got scores at the end. Trelanne got two big rebound stick backs that made a difference.

“It was a team effort at the end. Keyshawn, Tavion, Trelanne, and James Burden all made big plays at the end.

“We had more balanced scoring against Heritage. They played a box and one on Tavion and other guys steped up,” said Epperly.

“Tavion is off to a great start. He has worked hard in the off season to prepare to play well. His preparation has given him a lot of confidence.

“Keyshawn made some big shots for us against Heritage and Trelanne got some big rebounds for us. When it was time to win the game, they stepped up,” said Epperly.

HCHS finished with 23 field goals, and went five-of-ten from the foul line. Despite the win, Epperly saw room for improvement.

“We have to guard the ball better. We have been beaten off the dribble and the help has not been there. We also have to rebound better. We are a team that has to block out due to a lack of size,” said the Comet coach.

James Smith Jr. connected on a first period 3-pointer and had seven points overall. Will Miller adds depth to the squad.

“Will Miller and James Smith continue to make contributions. They are young players and are still learning, but are giving us some quality minutes,” said Epperly.

James Burden added five points and Treyvon Brandon had three. Tevin Edmunds scored two.

HCHS got stronger offensively as the game progressed. Halifax County had 14 points in the first period and 13 in the second. The Comets added 20 in the third period and then recorded 25 in the final period, their most productive quarter of the night.

K. Johnson hit a 3-pointer and had seven points in the final period. Petty also hit a couple of field goals. Trelanne Johnson connected on four-of-five free throws in the fourth period. He scored 13 of his 19 points in the final period.

The challenges continue Tuesday for the Comet boys with Martinsville.

“Martinsville is always a tough game. They play a tough 2-3 zone. It’s our first district game, so we need to be mentally ready to play. Person and Heritage were great wins, but we need to move on. Right now, Martinsville is the most important game on our schedule,” said Epperly.

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