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Whitney White battles a FCHS player for control of the ball Friday night. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / February 04, 2013
Even at the end, Franklin County was running at full speed, getting a three-point basket from Taylor Greenway for its final points of the night in a 71-25 rout of Halifax County High School in the Western Valley girls varsity district finale for the Lady Comets.

The Lady Comets finished 7-13 overall this season and winless in the WVD. The Comets finished last in the district and did not make the postseason tournament.

Franklin County improved to 6-1 in the district and 14-5 overall. FCHS meets PH-Roanoke Tuesday and needs a win to force a one-game playoff for the WVD regular season championship with William Fleming.

The Eagles had no trouble getting past the Comets.

Franklin County raced to a 17-6 lead in the first period, with scoring contributions coming from four players.

Zarkia Mattox led the way with six points and the Eagle pressure was too much for HCHS.

The Eagles were even more efficient in the second period, putting up 20 points. Miranda Crockett had seven points and Diashi Dudley hit a 3-pointer and two free throws.

HCHS had its best quarter in the second period, scoring 11 points. Che’lese Bowman hit a 3-pointer and one free throw.

At halftime, FCHS held a 37-17 lead, and the Eagles stretched the advantage even further in the third and fourth periods. FCHS showcased lockdown defense and rolled to a 55-20 lead at the start of the final period.

HCHS got scoring from six players. Alexia Tucker led the way in her last game as a Comet with seven points.

Bowman had five points and Brittani Boxley four.

HCHS went 3-of-17 from three-point range. The Comets had 35 turnovers, 31 rebounds and four assists.

Halifax went four-of-nine from the free throw line.

Franklin County went seven-of-13 from three-point range, only had six turnovers and 33 rebounds. The Eagles had 15 assists and went nine-of-21 free throws.

Meanwhile, HCHS coach Billy Lucas knew this would be a difficult night.

“Franklin County (has) a very good team. They’re one of the top teams in the state and everything. They’re a very well-oiled machine.

“They play great defense. We had just too many turnovers. They were able to get a lot of second and third chance points against us. In the first half, they really built their lead.

“In the second half, I thought we did a little bit better job with the turnovers and the boxing out. I hate it for the seniors,” said Lucas. “The girls still fought hard all night long. I’m real proud of them for that,” said Lucas, who called this a learning experience for both himself and the current Comets.

“We’re going to get the program headed in the right direction for the future, moving on from here,” said Lucas.

Lucas said the Comets will have a different look, but stressed the need for better rebounding, especially giving up second and third chance points on the defensive end, and improved overall ball security. HCHS has to learn to limit turnovers.

The Comets move to the new-look Piedmont district next year, with Franklin County and GW-Danville joining HCHS.

“I don’t care who you’re playing, if you don’t rebound when you’re on defense and if you turn the ball over when you’re on offense, that’s a big thing,” Lucas said.

Lucas hopes to see improvement in those two areas next season.

FCHS finished with three players in double figures, led by Crockett with 17 points. Diashi Dudley had 13 and Charmaine Hairston scored 11. Zarkia Mattox scored nine.

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