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Depleted Lady Comets fall to Fleming, GW

SoVaNow.com / January 07, 2013
Bolstered by a strong post performance, and facing a depleted Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team, William Fleming cruised past the Comets Friday night, 84-31.

HCHS is now down to eight players, with four not in uniform for a variety of reasons. The Comet girls are 0-2 in Western Valley district action.

Fleming dominated the paint, led by 21 points from Desiree Keeling. The Colonels also progressively wore down the Comets, who played well in spurts early.

Halifax got nine points from Alexia Tucker, who had three 3-pointers.

Ashley Hill added six, while Janiyah Logan chipped in with seven points. Brittani Boxley had five.

Fleming led 20-9 at the end of the first period, and built stronger leads from there. Fleming owned a 39-19 lead at the halftime break and really turned up the intensity in the third period. Fleming outscored Halifax, 22-3, in the third period and led 61-22 heading into the final period. Tucker connected on a 3-pointer in the third period for the lone Comet points.

Fleming also had a 23-point final period on the way to a dominating win.

Comet coach Billy Lucas is dealing with a tough situation with four Comets out.

“Right now, we’re down to eight girls. That makes it extremely tough to play against a lot of teams, because they can go deep into their benches.

“It just wears on us. That’s what happened Wednesday night, when we played GW. Still proud of the girls, they fought. They played as hard as they could. I know they were dead tired, and everything, but they continued to fight,” he said.

“We’ve got to keep trying to work and keep fighting,” said Lucas.

Fleming had a strong advantage in the paint, and Lucas conceded, “right now we’re hurting in the post. It shows whenever we got out there. We’ve got girls playing down there that typically probably wouldn’t, but because of the hand we’re dealt right now, they have to do it. I’m pleased with their effort.”

“They don’t sit there and complain. They just try to do their best, and that’s all I can ask of them,” said Lucas.

HCHS has PH-Roanoke at home Tuesday.

“PH has a couple of girls who can shoot it from the outside,” said Lucas, who planned one practice today before the PH-Roanoke game.

As for the Comet absences, Whitney White and Aleara Edmondson are out with concussions. Briyana Jackson is sidelined with a shoulder injury, and Lakia Martin is out with a knee injury.

GW 64, HCHS 35

The Comet girls stumbled in their WVD opener Wednesday night in Danville. Halifax managed just three points in the final period, including one field goal. The Comets had only five field goals in the third period.

“The girls played hard all night long. In the end GW was able to wear us down and in the fourth (quarter) they made a big run that we just couldn’t answer,” Lucas said.

“Overall we fought hard all night long and the girls played with a lot of heart. We just had too many turnovers and did not box out as well as we should have. A lot of this happened in the (final period) allowing GW to get a lot of second chance points. Overall I was very pleased with the girls and how they played all night long,” he said.

Lakia Martin had six points for Halifax, while Ashley Hill had nine. Brittani Boxley also had nine points for the Comets.

Halifax was competitive until fading in the final period. The Comets got outscored, 17-3, in the fourth quarter.

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