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Lady Comets’ season ends / February 24, 2009
The season is over for the HCHS varsity girls' basketball team, following a 51-39 loss at Franklin County Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the Comets, who finished 11-12 overall after their loss in the Western Valley district tournament semifinals, clearly made progress this season. Furthermore, most of the HCHS team returns, although some of the district's top performers from other teams are expected back next winter.
The Comets' winter campaign ended with a very respectable effort against the regular season champion and top-seeded Eagles. Desirae Johnson led FCHS with 13 points, while Shea Smith had ten and FCHS held off a valiant Comet effort.
HCHS, which went to Rocky Mount as the five seed in the WVD tournament, got ten points from Whitney McCargo, eight from Tiffany Wilson and seven from Miyisha Younger.
HCHS again made a very respectable showing against a talented Franklin County squad, but the Comets could not close the deal with the opportunity to pull off another upset on the road. Halifax had started the tournament with a road win at Fleming on Monday.
HCHS enjoyed an early 8-0 lead and still had an 11-6 advantage at the end of the first period. Franklin County later stuck a 19-2 second quarter run on the Comets, taking a 27-18 lead at halftime.
"We were playing great, moving the ball. We were scoring, we were finishing and we had them playing on their heels. We just lost it before halftime and that gave them the momentum. They made the run and got back in the game and … took the lead," said Comet coach Matt McCargo.
The Eagles had a 21-7 scoring advantage in the second quarter, as the Comets struggled to get into sync offensively. Wilson had a two-pointer and Lauren Daniel added a 3-point shot for the only Comet baskets of the second period.
HCHS was more competitive in the third quarter. McCargo noted, "we played better than we finished the second quarter, but we were still not where we were at in the first quarter, made mental mistakes. We got several key players in foul trouble, and had to change the alignment a lot."
The Comets made a late run in the final period, cutting the Franklin County lead to three points. But the Comets got no closer.
"We were unable to make shots to get us over the hump. We got several attempts while we held them, but we just couldn't put the ball in the basket. We ran on offense, and just couldn't score," said McCargo.
McCargo praised the effort of his team.
"It was a good game. They (the Comets) played hard the entire time, they wanted to win. We just made some silly fouls and made some turnovers that we shouldn't have made, and got ourselves in a hole and we just couldn't dig ourselves out before the clock ran out," said McCargo.
Daniel finished her Comet basketball career with five points in the final game, while Mylese Brown had four and Nia Brown had three. Brittany Roberts had two for Halifax.
Halifax finished with 15 field goals, including three treys. The Comets were six-for-12 from the foul line.
M. Brown finished with four fouls and Wilson fouled out, as FCHS went 15-for-28 from the charity stripe. FCHS had 18 field goals.

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