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Making the switch to hoops

SoVaNow.com / November 18, 2021

The Halifax County High School boys and girls basketball teams will get their first taste of competition when they scrimmage Dan River tonight.

The girls will be at home; the boys on the road.

Both teams will have their final preseason games Nov. 23. The varsity boys will scrimmage Cosby High School at home starting at 6:30 p.m. The girls teams travel to Liberty Christian Academy.

Girls varsity coach David Graham said his girls are excited to be able to start play. With additional players returning from fall sports this week, the girls are looking towards a successful preseason.

Graham said last season with all the COVID-19 restrictions he was just happy to see the team get in any playing time.

Though COVID-19 still looms as this season begins, Graham said this year is more of a return to some normalcy beginning with conditioning sessions.

“We had a good turnout for conditioning [and] the girls are very excited about the upcoming season,” Graham said. “It just feels really good to get back into the gym and work with the team.

“We will take it week-by-week and be as safe as possible hopefully the season will go as smooth as possible.”

Graham said with several returning seniors he feels like the leadership will be there.

With the conditioning period the team enjoyed this year Graham hopes the sessions help mitigate injuries.

“We have at least five to six seniors this year so we have some experience,” Graham said. “We will be pulling up a couple of jayvee players to get them ready for next season.

“I think it will take a few games to get back into playing shape. If we can avoid injuries we should have a good solid season.”

Comet varsity boys coach Sterling Williams said he was also eyeing a good preseason as he had players returning to the team from fall sports this week.

Williams said practices have been going well leading up to tonight’s game.

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