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Third time the charm: Comets beat GW 72-58

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Kevon Ferrell is double-teamed at GW Monday. Ferrell led all scorers with 21 points in the Comets’ 72-58 in regional action. (David Conner II photo) / February 11, 2021

Halifax County High School senior Kevon Ferrell scored 21 points — nine off threes — to lead all players as the varsity boys beat GW-Danville 72-58 in the opening round of Region 4D tournament action Monday in Danville.

Halifax came into the contest as the no. 6 seed. GW (3-3, 3-2 Piedmont District) held the no. 3 seed. GW had won both of the previous matches, one at Halifax and one at home.

The win advances Halifax (1-2, 0-2 Piedmont District) to the semifinals of the Region 4 tournament where they were scheduled to travel to no. 2 seed Pulaski County (5-9, 5-9 River Ridge District) yesterday for a 3 p.m. matchup. If the Comets defeat Pulaski and win the finals bracket they will advance to the VHSL Class 2 State Basketball Championships for the third season in a row.

With the VHSL’s condensed Championships + 1 calendar in place, only one team will advance from Region 4D to state competition this year.

The game was close through the first half. The teams never really saw more than a four-point separation one way or the other as they battled for the third time in less than a week.

At the end of the first the Comets were ahead 18-17, with GW dropping in four points as the quarter ended to tighten the score.

The same scenario played out in the second period. The score remained tight as one point was the difference going to halftime.

Coach Sterling Williams said headed into the half they knew their offense was on spot. If they wanted to take the win their defensive efforts would have to improve.

“At halftime it was 35-34,” Williams said. “We felt like the offense, it was clicking.

“We were getting what we wanted offensively; getting the shots we wanted. But defensively we had to make a better stand.”

The Comets did just that as they returned to the court. Ferrell popped of the period with another trey to get the team started.

With the Comet’s offense still on power mode and the defense denying the ball, the third frame started to turn the game in Halifax’s favor.

After moving out to a 41-38 lead, the Comets hit a 7-3 streak for the 47-41 score. Jaden Waller scored 15 points off the bench. Waller highlighted the run with a breakaway dunk. Davon Jennings had 11 points joining Ferrell and Waller in double figures.

“We came out in the third quarter and had a really good quarter defensively,” Williams said. “At one point they had only scored like five points in the quarter with about three minutes to go.”

The third period ended with the Comets leading 51-43. Narrowing the score to 53-49, Waller dropped seven points to give the Comets some spacing as they went on to the 72-58 win.

“We felt like that was going to break the game open for us and it did,” Williams said.

Williams said the two back-to-back games with GW helped as the team prepared to face them a third time.

“Defensively we kind of knew how they were going to play us,” Williams said. “We made some adjustments and Kevon got going for us. He had 21.

“DJ (Davon Jennings) played great for us on the glass. And then Jaden gave us a spark off of the bench.”

Williams said with the limited time the team had to prepare for the season and all regular season games not played but two due to the coronavirus, “It was just good to see the guys play like they’re capable of playing.”

Halifax: Kevon Ferrell 21, Jaden Waller 15, Davon Jennings 11, Kameron Roberts 9, Keshawn Wells 7, Nijay Ross 5, Nasir Word 2, Adam Palmer 2.

GW: Jakobe Dixon 20, Donavon Howard- 13, Xavier Walters 12, Sha’Kobe Hairston 4, Jalen Spratt 4, Lakeith Williams 2.

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