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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Lady Comets seek improvement

SoVaNow.com / June 02, 2014


Comet head coach Melanie Saunders knows her club got the job done Friday against a stubborn Mountain View team. That does not mean Halifax County High School cannot be better.

“You have to get a win or you’re done. The kids came out and jumped on (MV) that second inning, but then we got really flat. We made great defensive plays. Taylor (Barnes) did well on the mound, kept the ball up in the air for us and got some good ground balls,” she said.

HCHS also got good infield defense when needed, and Barnes and catcher Ashley Watts worked together to help the Comets escape jams.

“But the teams were going to see (from this point) are only going to be better.

“We’ve got to make an adjustment and get back in there and score more than one inning,” said Saunders.

HCHS has to be confident right off the bat today against George Marshall today.

“Oftentimes, we play ... better on the road. We’ve got to get off with confidence, and we didn’t do that (in last week’s conference 16 final) against Patrick-Henry (Ashland). PH-Ashland is a good team, but we got off the bus already timid. You could tell that right in the first inning of the game,” said Saunders.

“We have nothing to lose now. You’ve got to go out and you’ve got to give it everything you’ve got. You’ve got to leave it all on the field,” said Saunders.

HCHS has to keep its focus now. If the Comets win two, they’re in the state 5-A tournament.

Halifax showed character and toughness after the loss to PH-Ashland.

“The kids were heads up on defense. That’s what we need to be. We made some errors at PH-Ashland. We came back here and regrouped... We want to come out on Monday and get those sticks active more than one inning,” said Saunders.

Saunders said Barnes is getting more confident with the Comet defense.

OVERVIEW: Halifax struggled to establish consistent offense against MV sophomore Taylor Levesque.

Her Comet counterpart, Barnes, delivered two basehits. Cecilie Elliott and Gabby Spainhour had the other Comet hits.

Comet catcher Ashley Watts said, “We have always had the hitting capability. Everyone has power. We don’t have slappers, we don’t have little bloop hitters. Everybody on the team is a power hitter. We all bring it out at different times.”

Watts said that HCHS did not get as much production as the team wanted, but she added MV had solid pitching. Both teams had to deal with a small strike zone, but it appeared to be consistent. Levesque had one strikeout.

Halifax has been a bit inconsistent lately, with 16 hits a week ago, two against FCHS and now four against Mountain View.

“We’re better than that. Today, finishing this game, they were upbeat. They’ve got to go in and have fun. When you stop having fun, everything falls apart,” said Saunders.

HCHS looked like a looser team having more fun with the win over MV.

The Comet softball defense worked well.

“Everybody does their part. We have had people move around to positions they’ve never been before,” said Watts.

Watts also worked closely and communicated well with Barnes. HCHS also had to have a quick players’ only meeting later in the game when MV started picking up the Comet signs.

Watts then changed things around to keep the visitors off-balance.

Watts remains confident as the Comets advance to today’s round of regional action.

“Our team can do it. ... We’re a very, very strong team. When we all work together, that’s when it comes out the most,” said the Comet catcher.

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