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South Boston News / February 27, 2014

Halifax County High School boys’ basketball has a very difficult assignment tonight, after riding another excellent defensive effort to the Region 5-A north semifinals.

The Comets, now 20-7, kept their poise in the final minutes and held off Mount Vernon, 46-40, at home Tuesday. Mt. Vernon, which saw its season end at 13-14, had been on a hot streak.

The Comets enjoyed a blistering first half, but slowed considerably on offense against the Majors’ 1-3-1 zone and full-court press in the second half.

The Comets advanced, which is all that matters at this point. The next assignment, however, is daunting. HCHS has to travel to Potomac. The Panthers are 25-0.

Potomac features a dangerous team with strong 3-point shooting ability and a strong inside game. Potomac has a 6-10 senior, Trey Porter, who has committed to play for Paul Hewitt at George Mason next season.

Potomac is also the no. 2 team in the current AlllMet prep rankings, compiled by The Washington Post, of the best public and private schools in the newspaper’s coverage area.

HCHS and Potomac will meet with a berth in the 5-A state semifinals on the line. The loser goes home for the winter. The teams are playing for a berth in Saturday’s Region 5-A finals. Both teams that earn berths in the regional finals advance to the state tournament next week.

Potomac blistered Potomac Falls, 65-47, in the Region 5A north quarterfinals. Potomac coach Keith Honore said the Panthers’ defensive intensity is the key to the success of the team.

“It’s the reason we are 25-0,” the Potomac coach said. “You can look at all the box scores you want to, the reason we are 25-0 is because we defend and defend as a team.”

Potomac Falls suffered 20 turnovers in the loss. “They definitely turned up the (defensive) pressure,” said Potomac

Falls coach Jeff Hawes. “We turned the ball over a lot and we usually don’t do that. They (probably) won’t lose in the regional tournament unless they beat themselves.”

Randy Haynes had 26 points and Porter added 20 in a powerful show by the Panthers.

On the other side of the Region 5-A north bracket, Broad Run defeated Mountain View. Wakefield and Massaponax met last night, and the winner there gets Broad Run tonight.

The Comets have to travel to Dumfries, for the matchup against Potomac. Game time is 7 p.m.

Regardless of the outcome tonight, this remains a special season in Cometland.

“Twentieth win, a regional win, a lot of positives. Great crowd (Tuesday),” Comet coach Larry Epperly said.

“I’m happy for everybody, the student body, the players, the community, it’s good for everybody,” said Epperly

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