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HCHS takes scrimmage against Chatham

The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team showed some improvement in Friday’s pre-season scrimmage against Chatham High School. Halifax County “won” the scrimmage, outscoring Chatham High School 77-57 through the five eight-minute quarters of action. Still, the Comets have a long way to go as they continue preparations for Wednesday night’s season-opening game against Martinsville High School in Martinsville.

“We made some progress, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” pointed out Halifax County High School Head Coach Larry Epperly.

“I think we took a couple of steps in the right direction today. Our defense was a little better. I thought we played harder. The effort was better. We still made some mistakes that you wish you wouldn’t make, but that takes time.”

The Comets also showed some improvement in rebounding over the effort on the boards in last Tuesday’s scrimmage against Dan River High School.

“I still didn’t think we put bodies on people the way you have to,” Epperly noted.

“That’s a hard thing to teach.”

While the Comets fared better against Chatham High School Friday than they did against Dan River High School here last Tuesday, Epperly said that if he had to grade the team, the grade would not be a high grade.

“It would be a “D” or “C” because we have some guys that are really struggling with change and being taught to play,” Epperly explained.

“That’s a hard thing for guys to go through. They’re playing in one system and all of a sudden they’re hit with another system and it makes it really hard.

“We still make a lot of silly turnovers and careless mistakes,” he added.

“I’d give them a low grade at this point, but the good news is that you have a lot of room to improve. That’s what we’re looking for.”

The Comets’ best performance came in the fourth quarter when they outscored Chatham 25-3 and held the visitors scoreless over the last six and a half minutes of the period.

Halifax County High School made its big push with a small lineup in which Epperly moved 6-2 forward Dakota Delaware to center, played Freddie Edmunds and Shaq Ford at forwards and had senior Ford Bradshaw and freshman Ta’vion Petty at the guard spots.

“We went small, and small seemed to be better for us,” Epperly pointed out.

“We seemed to be a little quicker and moved better. Dakota seems to feel more comfortable at center than he does at forward. That’s something we’ve got to look at a lot.”

The Comets outscored Chatham High School in two quarters. In addition to taking the fourth quarter, the Comets had the edge in the opening quarter, taking that period 19-10.

Chatham High School took the second quarter 13-6, had the edge in the third quarter 13-10 and pulled out the fifth quarter 18-17.

Unofficially, Edmunds and Petty led the Comets with 16 points each. Delaware unofficially tallied 14 points and Ford unofficially hit double figures with 11 points.

“We know it’s a work in progress,” Epperly pointed out.

“We’re still searching for chemistry, timing and getting guys to play well together.”