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Lady Comets Complete GW Sweep

Melyse Brown scored 15 points and Whitney McCargo added 10 to lead the Comets varsity girls’ basketball team to a regular-season sweep of GW with a 47-30 win Monday at Comets’ Gym. Halifax County (4-1 WVD, 15-3 overall), playing its first game since a January 25 home win over Martinsville, held a 13-9 lead after one quarter and a 26-17 lead at halftime.

Melyse Brown had 11 of her points in the first half, including nine points at the foul line, and McCargo had seven points, including the first of her two 3-pointers.

It was 28-17 in favor of the Comets two minutes into the second half, before Destiny Betts hit a field goal, McCargo her second 3-pointer, Nia Brown a follow shot, and Betts and Melyse Brown each a basket to give the Comets a 39-23 lead with a quarter remaining.

Melyse Brown hit her final basket and Stephanie Carr hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter as Halifax bolted to a quick 44-23 lead, and the Comets cruised home to the win.

Betts and Nia Brown each added six points for the Comets, while Carr added her 3-pointer, Ashley Leachman, Tiffany Wilson and Shameika Canada two points apiece, and Jamilia Smith a point on 1-2 foul shooting.

Antwanique Crews led GW with a game-high 16 points, including going 6-8 at the foul line in the second half, while Tianna Robertson added five.

The Eagles kept within striking distance for most of the first three quarters, but made too many mistakes to have a chance of pulling out a win, according to GW coach Wayne Shelton.

“Matt (Comets coach Matthew McCargo) does a good job and his kids played well,” said Shelton.

“They shot the ball well and hit some big 3’s tonight.  We’re inexperienced and had too many turnovers, 14 by halftime and 29 for the game.

“You can’t turn it over 25 or 30 times and expect to win.”

“Scoring is not our forte, we don’t put up a lot of points, and we need to control the ball and the tempo of the game,” GW’s veteran coach continued.

“We just don’t have the skill people to do that right now.”

GW stayed close until the Comets took full control of the game late in the third quarter, but a crucial series of missed shots and free throws proved to be his team’s undoing, Shelton added.

“We got it down to about eight points in the third quarter, but we missed a layup, got fouled, and missed the free throws, and if we hit the layup or free throws we would have cut it to six points.”

With weather-related issues forcing postponement of four key district contests the past couple of weeks, Halifax spent some time shaking off the rust on Monday, according to coach McCargo.

“Things didn’t go exactly the way we wanted, and we had a lot of rust but that’s understandable,” said McCargo.

“We looked like we haven’t played in a month and we haven’t been able to prepare properly because we didn’t know which team to prepare for,” he noted.

“We never knew from one day to the next when we were going to play or who we were going to play, but under the circumstances I thought the girls did well overall.”

The key to the win against GW, as it has all year, was another solid defensive effort, McCargo added.

“Defense was the key and making GW do things they weren’t comfortable doing, like working against our press and spreading them out so they couldn’t get the ball to their best player in the spots they wanted her to be in.”

Three district games remain on the schedule and the Comets realistically must win all three to clinch at least a tie for the regular season title and force a playoff game for the regular season championship and an automatic berth in the Northwest Regional playoffs.

That is his team’s ultimate goal, according to McCargo, and a huge step toward that goal would be a win against district leader William Fleming Thursday night at Comets’ Gym, with the game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.