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SoVaNow.com / February 10, 2014
Halifax County’s resurgent boys varsity basketball team has earned the no. 1 seed in the upcoming Conference 16 tourney, which determines the two teams advancing to the Region 5-A north tournament.

The Comet boys will open conference action at home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, against either PH-Ashland or Orange. The no. 2 seed, Albemarle, also has a home game that night. If HCHS wins its opener in conference play in an elimination game, the Comets would be one of two teams earning regional berths. If HCHS wins at least one conference game - the finals are set for Friday, Feb. 22 - HCHS would host a region 5-A game the following week.

If HCHS wins the conference 16 title, it would also get a first-round region 5-A bye and host a second round 5-A region game.

The Halifax boys landed the third seed in the Piedmont district tournament. The Comet boys, along with the HCHS girls, both travel to Franklin County tonight for opening round action in the Piedmont district tournament.

If the HCHS teams win, they advance to Tuesday’s semifinal round.

The later rounds in the Piedmont District for boys’ action are at Bassett. The later girls’ rounds are at Franklin County.

The Comet girls have struggled a bit, but can still make the 5-A regionals by winning one game in Conference 16 play.

Halifax is the no. 4 seed in the district tournament. If the Comet girls win, they advance to the tournament semis, against either GW-Danville or Bassett. If HCHS were to win Tuesday, it would advance to Thursday’s finals against one of four teams coming out of a lower classification bracket, either Patrick County, Martinsville, Tunstall or Magna Vista.

Regardless of the tournament play this week, both Comet boys and girls’ teams are still alive in the postseason heading to the start of Conference 16 play next week.

As for the conference 16, the Comet girls landed the three seed for Tuesday, Feb. 18. That means Halifax has to travel to the no. 2 seed, Albemarle, in an elimination game.

If the HCHS girls make the conference 16 finals, they’re in the 5-A north regional. The conference finals are set for Feb. 21, and if advanced, the Comets would play either PH-Ashland or Orange.

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