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Defensive errors can be extremely costly in playoff softball, and the Halifax County High School varsity softball team learned that lesson Monday.
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Lady Comets pick up win in coach’s debut
SoVaNow.com / November 29, 2012When a team cannot consistently run its offense past halfcourt in the second half, that’s usually a troublesome sign.
And the E.C. Glass girls’ varsity found plenty of trouble Monday night. Billy Lucas made his debut as the new Halifax County High School head coach, and the Comets hammered the Hilltoppers, 66-27.
It got progressively worse for Glass. The visitors from Lynchburg clawed within 27-19 during the second period, but got no closer.
Logan Holmes led Halifax with 23 points, and Janiyah Logan added 16 for the Comets. Alexia Tucker had five, all in the third quarter, and Brittani Boxley had four.
HCHS led 34-21 at the half, after establishing a 20-12 lead at the end of the first period.
The third period was particularly troublesome for Glass.
HCHS had stretched its lead to 36-21 at the 7:16 mark.
Moments later, Halifax forced an off-balance Glass shot, and ignited a fastbreak. Logan scored and completed the 3-point play. 39-21, Comets.
Holmes followed with a steal, and moments later Tucker pilfered another Glass pass and followed with a layup.
41-21, HCHS, with 5:37 left in the third.
HCHS showcased crisp passing and excellent teamwork, and the Comets led 43-21 after an assist from Tucker to Holmes.
Tucker later drained a 3-pointer, and HCHS had built a 50-21 mark. It was 54-24, Halifax, with eight minutes left.
“Teamwork was big. I just did what I could to help my team out, and we came out with the win,” said Holmes. “It feels like everything that we worked hard for in the offseason is paying off.”
“I did what I had to do to help my team get this win. It wasn’t only me, it was the team that helped me do this also.” And to think that Lucas was nervous about his debut as the new girls’ varsity coach, ‘ Tucker said.
“Before the game, I was as nervous as I could be. But as soon as they threw that little ball up in the air, I was fine,” Lucas said.
“All day long, it as just weighing on me. I was as nervous as I could be. When they threw that ball up in the air, I knew everything was going to be good and it turned out great for us,” said Lucas.
“E.C. Glass has a great team. They have eight girls. One of the things we were able to do is run the floor on them, tire them out, and we were able to go deep into our bench at times.” HCHS can go deep and get a lot of players game action.
HCHS also put pressure on Glass and created turnovers, leading to layups and other easy quick buckets on the other end.
Halifax also got second chance buckets and did a good job on the boards. “Rebounding, offensively and defensively, I thought we did a lot better job from the scrimmage. That’s one of the things we said we were going to work on, try to get it fixed,” Lucas said.
Glass started with a 12-point first period, and went steadily downhill from there. Glass had just six points the entire second half.
Brook Valentine led the Lady Hilltoppers with eight points. The Comets host Person County Friday night.
— EARLY STATISTICS: The HCHS girls had 25 baskets, four treys, and finished six-of-13 from the free throw line.
Halifax collected 33 rebounds, forced 16 steals, had 15 assists and blocked five shots by the Hilltoppers.
Che’lese Bowman led Halifax with a pair of 3-pointers. Tucker and Logan each drained 3-pointers in the third period.
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