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Lady Comets competitive

SoVaNow.com / February 24, 2009
By Tucker McLaughlin Jr.
News & Record staff
The HCHS varsity girls’ basketball team managed to win just three games against district competition this season, but that total could easily have been higher.
The Comets were competitive most of the way in the WVD and are positioned to finish higher than fifth next season, since most of the top performers return. HCHS loses four seniors from this club.
“We were pleased with this year. We wanted to make a giant step, but we didn’t,” said head coach Matt McCargo Friday. “But we made some small steps. I guess that’s better than making no steps at all.”
HCHS won its own Christmas classic, and the Comets “were competitive all year, we weren’t beaten badly by anyone,” said McCargo.
The Comets had a strong effort at Franklin County in the regular season, and then lost at home to the Eagles by 15 points, although the game was closer than the final indicated.
“We went to North Carolina and played their no. 4 team in the state, and were beating them at halftime. Every game we were in, we were competitive and we were right there and gave ourselves a chance to win, and that was one of our goals.
“We got past the first round of the Western Valley tournament and that was something we hadn’t done in a long time,” said McCargo.
McCargo said likes the progress of the younger players in the program.
“We had eighth-graders playing on jayvee, and our jayvees were competitive,” said McCargo.
McCargo believes there are signs indicating the Comets are going to be an improved team in the years to come.
The Comets lose four seniors from this year’s varsity club, including Lauren Daniel, Aaron Hodge, Brittany Roberts and Whitney Womack.
“They will be missed, but we’ll return the other ten players that we had this year on the varsity team. That’s a good sign,” said McCargo.
“The one bad sign is that in the Western Valley….all the really good players are juniors. Every team had juniors this year, so basically what you’re going to see (next winter) is a repeat of this year. It’s going to depend on teams working hard in the summer and getting better. If you finish up with the same players and you go back in and nobody gets any better, then we’re going to finish up in fifth place again,” said McCargo.
McCargo also assessed his rookie season at the helm of the program.
“I gained a lot of knowledge. Unfortunately, it was through trial and error, a lot of it,” said McCargo. “(Former coach Ray) Reaves gave me an opportunity to sit on the bench with him for two years (as an assistant).”
McCargo also said his fellow coaches in the district were very helpful.
“I’d ask questions, and they would actually answer as long as it wasn’t pertaining to playing them, and they were all very helpful,” said McCargo.

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