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Jayvees halt losing skid

SoVaNow.com / January 30, 2013
The Halifax County High School jayvee boys basketball team breezed to a 49-17 win Monday, snapping a four-game losing skid.

Halifax jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first period and led 26-6 at halftime. From there, the Comets put Bassett away.

Nine Comets scored.

Kory Lennon had 10 points, and Will Miller added nine. Nick Jones scored seven and Jalen Beck had three. Kion Tucker had five.

Quientin Jennings and Justin Penick had four apiece.

Kelonte Gutrich scored on a trey in the final period.

Coach Nathan Lantor said the Comets used “a 1-3-1 press, and created some turnovers. We ran our offense really well, buried some long shots. Kory Lennon had a bunch of rebounds for us and got some second shot opportunities. We played good defense, held (Bassett) to 17 points.”

Despite a downcast season at both the jayvee and varsity levels, HCHS appears to have considerable promise perhaps a season or two from now. This is the last winter with PH and Fleming, as Halifax moves to the Piedmont district next season. And the Comet sophomore class, in particular, is showing potential for the future. The Comets should be improved next season.

Lantor believes Lennon and Miller bring potential value to the Comet program. Both are sophomores, and went down to the jayveess for more playing time.

Lennon “is a big kid who moves well, huge hands, aggressive.” Lennon was listed at 6-5, 235 pounds at the start of the season.

Miller is about 6-3 and still growing. “He can really shoot the 3-ball, understands basketball, very smart. He gets a little more size on him, matures a little bit, he’s going to be a very good player,” said Lantor.

Lantor believes the jayvees have other players who can step up in the future, including Nick Jones and Deshane Davis

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