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Jaden Waller attempts a steal in Friday's state quarterfinal against Millbrook. (David Conner II photo) / March 09, 2020

There probably wasn’t a single player or fan that did not want to see the Comets to beat Millbrook Friday and advance to the VHSL state semifinals.

And although the loss stings it doesn’t define the season, the players or the coaches. What the season did do was put another building block in a basketball program that is beginning to build itself into a solid force in VHSL Class-4 basketball.

The Comets finished the season as Region 4D champs and Piedmont District tournament runner-up.

The Comets will only lose three players to graduation this year – Jalen Lawson, William Davis, and Isaiah Davis. Next season the team will be heavily senior laden with experience as 10 juniors move up.

One freshman and sophomore comprise the balance of the current roster. With ample talent in the jayvee ranks the basketball program at Halifax is preparing to go nowhere but up.

Junior Kevon Ferrell who had a standout season, will be a force to be reckoned with next year as will juniors Keshawn Wells and Davon Jennings.

Freshman Kameron Roberts has a bright future in basketball.

Coach Sterling Williams said he was very proud of his young team and sees only a few factors holding them back from achieving their goal of becoming a VHSL state champion. He noted this season was one more step in that direction – but he also stated they want to move forward from this point on.

“You can’t say enough about these kids,” Williams said. They’ve been fighting and clawing. To start the season out 14-0 and then have that mid-season slump (three back-to-back losses) and battle back, put yourself in a position to win the region, put yourself in the position to host the first-round of the state you couldn’t ask for anything better.

“You know we’ve just got to find a way to get over this hump. The second time being here [in this situation], don’t like it. But we don’t want to have this feeling so we’ve just got to get better.”

Williams said that after the game in the locker room you had players just speaking from the heart about the loss and what they could have done better to have won the game.

He also said that one area his players need to have more attention on is their focus, especially before a game. The last three games the team played in the region and state lacked a certain amount of mental focus.

Still Williams sees nothing but a bright future for the Comets.

“The kids have been getting after it all season and I can’t say enough about my guys,” Williams said. [They’re a] young group, feisty group and just overall good kids.”

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