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Comets prepare for tough week

SoVaNow.com / November 26, 2012
Halifax County High School head varsity coach Larry Epperly has a daunting assignment as the season begins tomorrow.

The Comets, coming off a 9-13 campaign, will open with E.C. Glass on Tuesday, followed by a road trip to Person County Friday.

The Rockets have a strong club and has state tournament aspirations.

First, there’s Glass. The Hilltoppers have good size and a veteran team.

Glass has a big man who will challenge HCHS, and there’s more to worry about after that.

HCHS is coming off a preseason scrimmage, involving two quarters against Cosby High School and three involving Henrico County. Both are Richmond-area schools, and the Comets played preseason action on the road Saturday.

Comet coach Larry Epperly said the Comets played OK when they were still fresh against Cosby. But too many turnovers continue to be an issue for the Comets.

Henrico has a pressing team, and they really jumped on HCHS early, causing ball security issues.

Epperly said the Comets have got to find ways to avoid turnovers, which have created too many easy baskets for the opposition.

Two players in focus here to watch as the Comets try to run their offense are point guard Keyshawn Johnson and two guard Tavion Petty.

Epperly said the issue here, from looking at game tape, is that HCHS is rushing the offense and not showing enough patience. The players need to understand the more passes you make, the better shots you get.

On the defensive end, HCHS is still consistently getting beat off the dribble.

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