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Comets still seek first WVD win

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Ttwo Eagle defenders surround Dakota Delaware. / January 21, 2013
The Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team has three games left to try and claw back to fourth place in the Western Valley District regular season, but that window of opportunity is closing rapidly.

The Comets fell to 0-5 in the WVD - and 7-10 overall - with another frustrating loss at GW-Danville Saturday. GW outlasted the Comets, 81-73.

The Comets host Fleming Tuesday and PH-Roanoke at home Friday. The Comets end the regular season at Franklin County on Feb. 1.

The last place team in the WVD regular season misses the postseason tournament, which determines the final makeup of three available regional berths.

GW-Danville is now 4-1 in the WVD. Fleming and PH are 3-1, while Franklin County is 1-3. The Eagles’ game at PH was postponed and the teams teams will play the game in February.

The Comets, meanwhile, had a very strong fourth period, scoring 25 points to make the final closer. GW had led, 62-48, at the end of the third period.

Dakota Delaware led the late-surging Comets with 22 points, including 12 points in the final period. Three Comets finished in double figures. Trelanne Johnson had 16 points and Keyshawn Johnson chipped in with 12.

HCHS was competitive in the first period, leading by one, 14-13, at the end of the first period. But GW exploded with a barrage of 3s in the second quarter, taking a 45-32 halftime lead.

GW hit six three-pointers in the second period.

The Eagles were consistent enough after halftime, and held off HCHS.

“We gave a real effort. We competed. We just turned the ball over and allowed too many fast break points,” coach Larry Epperly said.

GW has a very athletic team and pressed the Comets repeatedly, disrupting the HCHS squad. GW also dominated the boards, getting two, three and four-shot opportunities.

Epperly said the Eagles are talented, ten deep, and a really good prep team. HCHS has the misfortune to have an inconsistent club at a time when the WVD is very strong at the top.

Epperly said the Comets would have had to play a flawless game to beat the Eagles, and HCHS had more ball security issues, with about 25 turnovers.

The Comets are giving solid efforts, but its hard for the HCHS to put together a complete game together, individually and collectively.

HCHS could, however, still make the regionals. The path forward would involve making the WVD tournament as a four seed, and then locking down a win in the tournament consolation game, good for the no. 3 regional seed.

However, if the Comets finish fifth in the league after the regular season ends, there is no postseason berth for HCHS.

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