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The Comet boys’ varsity basketball team nearly rallied from a miserable start Monday night, before running out of late game momentum in a season-ending loss at Marshall in regional action.
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SoVaNow.com / December 13, 2012Halifax County High School showcased some well-played hoops moments Tuesday against a team that could make a deep playoff run in North Carolina.
Evin Morrison battled hard, scratching out some good defense at the five spot and hustling on the boards. Morrison only had three points, but was a factor all night in helping the Comets - who relied on the zone - to try and keep Tyrone Outlaw and Person County in check.
HCHS also had torrid early shooting, as five different Comets led a 23-point parade in the first period. HCHS never matched that output again, and Outlaw got warmed up.
Comet coach Larry Epperly expressed his frustration with the outcome, noting HCHS had a lot of missed opportunities.
“We could have won that game. It was a winnable game for us,” he said.
As for Outlaw, “You just can’t let him beat you, and we let him do it.”
Epperly believes the Comets were better against Glass, but the Hilltoppers don’t have an Outlaw.
“We had a good effort (Tuesday), but it still doesn’t excuse the mistakes. We could have won the game ... and we didn’t win the game.”
Epperly lamented key turnovers at the wrong time, and taking some ill-advised shots.
PC forced a Comet turnover with the chance to tie late, and that kind of mistake was something HCHS could not come back from.
Epperly refused to accept the idea of this effort as a good loss. “You just can’t ever accept losing. If you start accepting losing, then you’ll play to mediocrity. We need to win these games, that’s the bottom line. I’m tired of making progress. We need to win these games.
“There’s no such as a moral victory ... playing them tough for three quarters doesn’t excuse what we did in the fourth quarter. We’ve got to get better,” Epperly said.
HCHS has also struggled to make shots all year. At Bassett, HCHS shot percent from eight percent from 3-point range and 27 percent from the floor.
“Our defense has been keeping in games and giving us a chance.
Offensively, we don’t shoot it very good,” Epperly said.
Epperly hopes to build the Comets’ confidence in this area. HCHS has also struggled at the foul line, shooting 52 percent from the line at Bassett. “You’ve got to make them in order to have confidence to play. Right now, we don’t have anybody who’s shooting with any confidence,” said Epperly. HCHS hopes to gain more traction at Martinsville tomorrow.
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