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The Comet boys’ varsity basketball team nearly rallied from a miserable start Monday night, before running out of late game momentum in a season-ending loss at Marshall in regional action.
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Lady Comets have one more shot at WVD win
SoVaNow.com / January 28, 2013The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team has one more opportunity to avoid a winless season in its final year in the Western Valley district.
HCHS lost on the road Thursday night to PH-Roanoke, 57-35.
The Patriots put the game out of reach early, rolling to a 19-2 lead in the first period. HCHS was better in the second period, outscoring PH, 12-9.
But PH rallied in the third, outscoring the Comets, 18-10. PH moved on from there.
Three players scored in double figures for the PH girls, as the Patriots improved to 7-10 overall and 2-3 in the WVD.
Cienna Bryant led PH with 19 points, while Jewel Parfitt had 12 and Emily Whitaker scored ten. Ashley Hill led HCHS with ten points.
Janiyah Logan scored eight for HCHS, while Che’lese Bowman had six. Alexia Tucker added five.
PH also had a major advantage in 3-point shooting, as the Pats sank eight treys. Bryant had three. The Comets only hit three treys as a team. Coach Billy Lucas absorbed another Comet loss and still tried to stress the positives.
“The girls played hard all night long and I was very proud of them for the way they fought all night long. In the end PH was just able to hit the open looks that they got offensively. We unfortunately were not able to knock down shots when it mattered. In the first quarter we just couldn’t buy a bucket for some reason we had a lot of good looks at the basket but just couldn’t get them to fall.
“PH on the other hand was able to knock down just about every shot it got on the offensive end. In the second quarter we were able to cut into the lead and get it to a manageable position for the second half. Early in the third we made a quick run at them but PH answered and that allowed them to seal the game and go on for the win,” said Lucas.
“Overall the girls played hard all night long even when things went bad and they continued to fight through it,” said Lucas.
The Comets are now 7-12 overall and 0-7 in the district. HCHS’ next game is Wednesday at Bassett and then the regular season finale Friday home against Franklin County.
The Franklin County girls are 5-0 in the district and have Fleming tomorrow night at home. FCHS also has games remaining with Halifax County and PH.
HCHS is already eliminated from making the WVD tournament, with an 0-7 mark, with one WVD game to play and two overall. PH, the fourth place team, has two wins already in district play.
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