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Tournament opens Thursday

SoVaNow.com / December 26, 2012
The Halifax County High School boys’ varsity basketball teams heads into tonight’s Holiday Classic with plenty of momentum, having won three games in a row.

The Comet boys’ are part of a crowded schedule of local hoops the next two nights. The HCHS boys and Comet girls will be both in action during the Holiday Classic schedule on Thursday and Friday. The Comet girls open with Park View at 6 p.m. tonight, followed the meeting between the Comet boys and Bluestone at 7:30 p.m.

Action resumes Friday, with the girls tournament consolation at 3 p.m., the boys’ tournament consolation at 4:30, the girls tournament title game at 6 p.m. and the boys title game at 7:30 p.m.

Comet boys coach Larry Epperly said yesterday the team spirit is really good, as Halifax has gained confidence by constructing this three game winning streak.

The Comets are doing a better job playing defense. Opponents are not creating as many easy baskets as before, according to Epperly.

HCHS has cut its turnover numbers - the Comets are averaging about 16 per game, down from 20 in the early action - and Epperly wants to see the number drop more, at least to around 12 per game.

Park View is meeting the Roxboro, N.C., Community School in the boys’ opener, at 4:30 p.m. The tournament opens with Gretna vs. Person County in the girls’ opener at 3 p.m.

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