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Logan Holmes and a teammate struggle with a Heritage player for control of the ball during Monday’s game. / December 05, 2012
Heritage applied effective second half pressure, sank its key fourth quarter free throws, and took advantage of cold jump shooting by the Comet varsity girls’ basketball team down the stretch.

As a result, the Pioneers rallied for a 50-42 victory at the Comet gym Monday.

HCHS dropped to 2-1, with a road trip scheduled Wednesday against Martinsville. The Comets host Bassett Friday.

The Comets had early success against the Pioneers, but the visitors went on an 18-10 run in both the third and fourth periods.

Lexi Tucker hit six 3-pointers and paced the Comets with 18 points, while Janiyah Logan had 11. Heritage got 17 from C. Carter.

But the Comets could not solve Heritage down the stretch, and the Pioneers capitalized on strong fourth quarter free throw shooting (seven-of-ten).

Heritage had a significant overall advantage at the foul line. The Pioneers had 24 attempts, sinking 12. HCHS went 6-for-13 at the line. The Pioneers improved to 2-0 on the season following the Comet win. HCHS enjoyed a quick start, leading 9-2 early.

Halifax later got one of two free throws at the end of the first period from Logan. The Comets led, 10-4, at the end of eight minutes.

Halifax had success striking from 3-point range in the second period, getting a pair of treys from Lexi Tucker. HCHS had an 16-8 margin near the midway point of the second quarter.

Claughton later drained a three-pointer to give Halifax a 19-10 lead, with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

Heritage later applied effective defense and also did a good job scoring in the paint, but the Comets still led, 22-14, at the half.

Logan drained a 3-pointer to lift HCHS to a 26-14 lead, but Heritage kept clawing away at the lead.

Heritage played some effective on the ball defense, and also continued to get down low to score. Heritage kept battling and eventually forced a 26-all tie on a layup.

The game remained deadlocked heading into the final period, 32-all. From there, the Pioneers gradually took control.

The teams were still deadlocked, 38-all, with 4:50 remaining.

Heritage sank a layup for a 40-38 lead, and the Comets missed a jumper. Heritage connected on the wing, and the Comets trailed, 42-38.

HCHS missed again, and the Pioneers were able to establish a 45-41 lead after making one of two free throws. The Pioneers snared a rebound on the second missed free throw, and the visitors scored, leading 45-41.

The Comets missed several 3-point attempts, and Heritage later sank one of two free throws for a 46-41 lead.

Heritage extended its lead 48-41 after two more made free throws with 26 ticks left on the clock.

Halifax’s Lakia Martin made one of three free throws with 15.7 seconds left. The Comets trailed, 48-42.

But Heritage drew a foul, and made both free throws for a 50-42 Pioneer margin, and that was the final.

Halifax coach Billy Lucas offered his perspective. “Heritage is a real good team. We knocked down a ton of 3s in the first half, to give us a lead,” Coach Billy Lucas said.

“They came out in the second half. They pressured us. It was the first time we’ve seen some seen any good pressure this year. And they were able to create some turnovers,” he said.

HCHS rushed things a bit in the second half, and Heritage had a strong second half. “They did to us what we’ve been doing to other teams. They spread the game up on us and just got us in the end.

“We would rely too much on the jump shot,” said Lucas, as HCHS struggled with consistent offense in the paint. Tucker’s third foul also hurt the Comets’ ability to handle pressure, with the Halifax floor leader hampered by foul trouble.

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