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Lady Comets 0-2 after close OT loss to William Campbell
SoVaNow.com / December 09, 2013After a tough opening night loss to Person County last Tuesday, the Halifax County High School varsity girls’ basketball team lost by two points in overtime to William Campbell, 58-56.
The Comets are 0-2, after a 46-44 loss to the Rockets in the season opener. HCHS is struggling at the free throw line. The Comets missed 18 free throws Friday night in the loss to William Campbell, and also missed 15 in Tuesday’s narrow loss.
Halifax County is working on the problem with extensive practice. Murray understands the Comets will get fouled repeatedly if they can’t make key late free throws down the stretch.
Halifax is also struggling with turnover issues. Murray hopes to cut down on these problems.
The new coach is also trying to a solid rotation in place, as the early games are proving to be a lab where the Comets can get better.
Janiyah Logan and the rest of the starting five are playing well, but the Comets need more solid production out of the bench. The Comets start district play with Martinsville Tuesday, part of a busy week for HCHS. The Comets are supposed to play four games in six days, including district action with Franklin County Thursday, but Murray is trying to the schedule lightened up a bit.
HCHS is scheduled to play again tonight, with William Campbell coming here.
Logan has been the top scorer both nights. She had 14 against William Campbell, and Lakia Martin added 14 as well.
In earlier action against the Rockets, HCHS made a gutsy rally to tie the game.
Halifax was down nine with four minutes to play. HCHS tied the score at 42 all, after Lexie Tucker drained a three to force the tie.
“We played from behind ... and the girls never quit. Lexie Tucker and (Logan) carried the team offensively. Ashley Hill, Brittany Boxley and Lakia Martin led our defensive push from the second quarter on,” said Murray.
“We do need to work harder at moving without the ball and driving the lanes on offense. We must do a better job rebounding the ball and we must do a better job at the free throw line ...,” said Murray.
Nevertheless, he said the Comets have not been quitters, adding HCHS needs improvement in small areas to be a successful squad.
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