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Comets making progress

SoVaNow.com / December 17, 2012
The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team continues to make progress.

HCHS, coming off an inspirational effort against a very good Person County team, defeated Martinsville on the road Friday night, 56-51.

The Comets are 3-4 overall this season.

Halifax had a good start on the road at Martinsville and finished with three players in double figures. Tavion Petty had three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. Dakota Delaware also had a strong outing, finishing with 12 points. Keyshawn Johnson had ten points.

Trelanne Johnson added seven for Halifax, while James Burden and Kory Lennon had four apiece. Kevon Tucker had three.

HCHS had 14 two-point field goals and five three-pointers. The Comets went eight-of-17 from the foul line.

Comet coach Larry Epperly said Halifax defended and rebounded better. HCHS also shot the ball well at times, and the Comets showed better patience on offense.

HCHS took its time to get better shots, a key fundamental for Epperly.

HCHS also switched defenses and created some confusion for the Bulldogs. HCHS used its press effectively at times and also trapped. Halifax controlled the game from the start.

Halifax outscored Martinsville, 20-9, as a blazing first quarter helped the Comets. K. Johnson had five points in the first period, while Petty and Delaware had four apiece.

Halifax then added 15 points in the second half, with some balanced scoring. The Comets led 35-25 at the half.

The Comets had a 48-37 lead at the end of the third period.

Martinsville rallied to a degree with a 14-8 run in the final period, sparked by four 3-pointers. But the Comets, who played hard and showed good spirit, held off Martinsville.

K. Johnson had a three-pointer, T. Johnson sank 3-of-4 free throws and T. Petty had one field goal in the fourth period.

HCHS has a challenging week ahead.

The Comets go to E.C. Glass Thursday and are at home against Magna Vista Friday.

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