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Jayvee girls handed lopsided loss

SoVaNow.com / February 04, 2013
The HCMS jayvee girls basketball team suffered a lopsided loss to Franklin County, 46-16, on Friday night in the Comet gym.

FCHS doubled up the Comets, 8-4, in the first period, and then went on a 13-3 spurt to take command at halftime, 21-7.

Halifax managed just three first half field goals.

Halifax added one field goal in the third period and trailed, 32-9, at the end of three periods.

Ghanyjah Gooden led the Comets with nine points, while Nyjah Torian had five.

“The girls played hard. We went out there and said, if we give it everything we’ve got, we were winners regardless, and they did that,” coach David Graham said.

Graham got every girl into the season finale, part of his goal for the night.

Despite a losing record, Graham took a positive approach with the winter campaign.

“I think we had a tremendous season. There was a lot of improvement from day one to now. Coach (Billy) Lucas will get some of our good girls that’s tenth graders (next year) and they’ll some good fundamentals and ability.

“They’ll do a good job for them,” said Graham.

The Comets finished 7-11 overall this season.

Graham said he saw progress, with the jayvees learning to adapt to a faster pace.

“At the beginning of the year, they looked confused. The faster pace kind of shocked them. The pressure on the ball, they weren’t expecting that,” said Graham. The first half of the year was an adjustment process, along with travel demands.

“Next year (the returnees) will have a good idea of what to expect,” said Graham.

Timonee McCargo improved her inside game and Gooden and Torian also showed improvement. Alashia Edmondson was also outstanding the last half of the year, handling and passing the ball.

That freshmen group returns, along with some promising players from Halifax County Middle School heading to the program.

“We’re going to have a pretty good team next year,” said Graham.

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