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Despite struggles, Lady Comets see optimistic future / February 26, 2018

While Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball struggled this season, coach David Graham said Saturday there is reason for some optimism in the future.

The Comets’ season ended with a tough loss to Albemarle Monday.

Graham saw some learning strides even in the middle of some adversity.

Graham said, “the girls came together with all of the …injuries (early). Late in the year, the girls never gave up and were practicing hard.”

Some of the girls got valuable playing time as a result of injuries. Three returnees next season will be key, including Jasmyne Brown, Jalisa Brooks and Dee Dee Jeffress. All got extensive minutes this season and Jeffress will be an offensive leader. Daisy Mitchell and Demesha Canada also got significant minutes and are expected to contribute next season.

The Comets also expect to get contributions from the jayvee players who moved up, including A’nya Brandon and Kayla Townes, and there’s reason to think these girls will help as well.

Two members of the Lion girls middle school hoops team - Talitha Marable and Lynia Reed - show potential. Graham cautioned there are adjustments ahead to make the jump to the high school program.

The Comets’ summer basketball camps will be important.

Graham points out that Halifax has to work on team execution without significant size inside. And Halifax has to work on converting steals into points. Halifax had a pile of steals on a fairly consistent basis, but the Comets could not convert those into layups and other high percentage baskets.

Halifax also needs better ball security and being more comfortable with overall offensive execution, with improved fast-breaking ability.

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