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Lady Comets ready for holiday tournament
SoVaNow.com / December 26, 2012The Halifax County High School varsity girls’ basketball team is tuning up for its annual Holiday Classic, Thursday night at the Comet gym.
The field for the girls’ side of the popular event includes the Comets, border rival Person County, Gretna and Park View.
Gretna and Person meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in girls’ action, with Park View facing HCHS at 6 p.m. in the second girls’ game on Thursday. There are two boys games Thursday.
The girls tournament consolation is 3 p.m. Friday, followed by the girls’ tournament title affair at 6 p.m. The boys consolation and championship games are set for Friday.
Billy Lucas is coaching in his first Classic as head coach of the Comet varsity girls.
“It would be a great thing if we could win the Classic this year. It would show that all the hard work the girls have put in so far this season is paying off for them and would help them be able to see the progress they have made to this point,” said Lucas.
HCHS stumbled against Magna Vista Friday, but the girls have had a positive season. “The team has progressed this year. They have learned a lot with basketball such as how to handle the press and to keep calm and relax even when things start to go bad. They are learning the game of basketball and this will help us greatly in the future.
“A win in the tournament would be great for the team. It would help us gain some momentum before we play GW on Jan. 2. Anytime you can get a win it always help with momentum,” said Lucas.
The Comets seem to mesh well, and Lucas is pleased with the contributions of a key senior performer.
“Alexia’ Tucker has stepped up in a leadership role. She is the point guard for the team and does a great job recognizing defenses and calling the correct plays and she does a great job calling our defense for us also. She has stepped up in this role in this way.
“In my opinion the key to winning the tournament is playing hard on both ends of the court. For teams to win a tournament they have to play hard on the defensive end and make teams uncomfortable when they are on offense. They also need to work hard on the offensive end and not make many mistakes while they are on offense to get the job done,” said Lucas.
The event should draw a strong crowd to HCHS, with the Comet boys and girls on the same hoops card together.
“I think the Classic is a great opportunity for fans to come out and watch the girls and with the boys playing after us it does help bring in people who might not always watch the girls play and sometimes gets them to come out to more of the girls games. We appreciate the support from all the Comet fans that we have recieved this year,” said Lucas.
Lucas also does not have a completely healthy team.
“Right now due to injuries we are down to nine players for the tournament with a chance of one or two being cleared to play before (the event). But more than likely (HCHS) will just have nine,” said Lucas.
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