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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Comets’ struggles continue

SoVaNow.com / January 07, 2013
A difficult Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball season gets even more challenging this week.

HCHS has dropped to 0-2 in the Western Valley district after losses to GW on Wednesday and William Fleming on Friday. The Comets, now on a three-game losing skid, have a very strong PH team Tuesday and another challenging test, against Heritage, at home on Friday.

HCHS has dropped below .500, with a 6-7 record and 0-2 ledger in a very tough WVD this winter.

With an eye-popping 49 turnovers in their last two games, effective ball security has become a major issue for the Comets.

PH is 1-0 district, 11-1 overall.

The Pats routed Franklin County, 72-57, on Wednesday. And the Pioneers made the state Final Four in group AA, Division 4 hoops last season.

Halifax fell to William Fleming 51-40, on the road Friday.

Halifax had one player, Dakota Delaware, who had 10 points in the Fleming loss. T.J. Brooks added seven and Keyshawn Johnson, Tavion Petty and James Burden had six apiece.

Fleming led 12-9 at the end of the first period and 30-25 at the half. Fleming outscored the Comets 16-12 in the third period. The fourth period proved to be a draw, with both teams getting ten points apiece.

HCHS had meager offensive numbers, finishing with 13 two-point baskets and three treys, while connecting on two of eight free throws.

HCHS had 27 turnovers against Fleming, and only lost by 11.

Halifax had better rebounding in the loss to the Colonels.

The Comets also lost to GW at home Wednesday, 89-73.

GW scored consistently, getting only one subpar quarter, the second period. GW had 11 points in that quater, but finished with 23 in the first and third periods and 22 in the fourth.

HCHS trailed, 67-48, at the end of the three period.

The game was tied at the half, 34-all, but HCHS started the third period with two turnovers and got outscored in the quarter, 23-14.

K. Johnson had 16 points against GW, while Trelanne Johnson finished with eight. Petty had a pile of 3s late and finished with 23 to lead the Comets.

James Burden had 12 and Delaware added 12.

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