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Lady Comets rebuilding momentum

SoVaNow.com / December 23, 2013

The Halifax County High School girls’ varsity basketball program seeks to rebuild momentum for the rest of the season, starting with this weekend’s upcoming Holiday Classic tournament.

The Comet girls were shorthanded in its most recent game, last’s Friday’s loss to Magna Vista. HCHS, which lost on the road to the Warriors, will meet Gretna Friday night in opening night action.

Friday’s full schedule in the Gazette-Virginian Holiday classic includes the Park View-Person girls’ matchup at 3 p.m., followed by the Park View-Person boys’ matchup at 4:30.

The HCHS teams take center stage Friday night. The Halifax County-Gretna girls game is set for 6 p.m., with the Gretna-HCHS boys matchup following at 7:30.

On Saturday, Dec. 28, the tournament ends. The girls’ consolation game is at 3 p.m., with the boys’ consolation at 4:30. The girls’ Classic Championship game is set for 6 p.m. and the Boys’ Classic championship game is set for 7:30 p.m.

HCHS hopes to get fully healthy for the Classic. Point guard Alexia Tucker twisted an ankle against Tunstall, and she did not play Friday. That impacted the Comets’ overall preparation for Magna Vista.

Tucker is expected back for the tournament.

Now, HCHS has to get ready for Gretna. Comet head coach said the Lady Hawks have an athletic team that tries to push the ball. The Comets will try to match up and slow the Hawks’ intensity.

“They like to run up and down the floor,” Murray said.

The Comets are 3-5. Murray said there are still positives this season, including strong energy and effort by the Comets, despite a slow start.

HCHS also refused to quit, even in a tough loss to Magna Vista.

HCHS is excited about the tournament, which usually draws large crowds. The Comet girls emerged as champions of last year’s event, so the HCHS squad wants to repeat.

Park View and Person County are matched up in the other first night action. Murray is familiar with PC, since the teams have split the first two games. Murray believes the Comet girls will match up effectively against Person, especially at home.

HCHS swings back into Piedmont district action, with Bassett at home on Jan. 3 and GW-Danville here Jan. 7.

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