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Comets JV girls pound Martinsville

Call it no contest. Using a stifling pressure defense, the Halifax County High School junior varsity girls basketball team overwhelmed the Martinsville High School jayvees 53-17 here Monday night in the home season-opener.  “I really didn’t expect it to be like it was,” said Comets Head Coach Billy Lucas.

“I had a good feeling about the game going in, but to see the girls do what they did they was a pleasant surprise. They did a lot of good things I wasn’t expecting us to do. They have been working really hard in practice and it’s showing.”

The Comets trailed 4-0 early, needing the first three minutes of the game to get themselves on track. Once on track, the Comets reeled off 17 unanswered points, with five baskets coming on lay-ups off of steals, to end the first period with a 17-4 lead.

Halifax County ran off eight unanswered points to start the second quarter, stretching its lead to 25-4. For all practical purposes, the game was over. At halftime, the Comets led 33-8.

“We went into our half-court trap game defensively,” Lucas explained.

“We were able to convert the steals we made on the other end lay-up wise. That’s a big thing. It’s important to create the turnovers, but it’s also important to make sure you get the points out of it. So many times in the past we’ve missed layups, but tonight the girls were hitting them.”

The third quarter was a slow one for both teams, but the Comets emerged with a 41-10 advantage. A 6-0 run to start the final quarter produced a 47-10 lead for the Comets with just under four minutes left in the contest. At the end, the Comets held a 36-point edge.

“It’s huge to get that first win, especially on opening night at home,” Lucas pointed out.

“We go on the road now. We’ve got something like four games in a row on the road. Hopefully this will help carry us on down the road.”

The Comets got scoring help from eight different players, with Lakia Martin leading the team with 20 points, all but five of which came in the first half.

Brittani Boxley chipped in 13 points, 11 of which came in the first half.

Stats

MARTINSVILLE

NAME FG FT F TP

Thomas 1 3-3 3 5

Hariston, T. 1 0-0 1 3

Harris 2 0-0 1 4

Hariston, J. 0 0-0 1 0

Martin 1 0-0 0 2

Brannan 1 0-0 2 2

Buck 0 0-0 1 0

Jones 0 0-0 0 0

Agee 0 0-0 0 0

Gill 0 0-0 0 0

Surber 0 1-2 0 1

Fountain 0 0-0 0 0

Totals 6 4-5 9 17

 

HALIFAX COUNTY

NAME FG FT F TP

Snead 0 0-0 1 0

Palmer 0 0-0 0 0

Hairston 0 1-2 0 1

Sheedy 2 0-0 3 5

White 3 1-4 1 7

Martin 9 2-4 1 20

Boxley 6 1-1 0 13

Stovall 1 1-1 0 3

Johnson 1 0-0 1 2

Logan 1 0-0 2 2

Totals 23 6-12 9 53

Three-Point Baskets: Sheedy (HC) 1,T. Hariston (M) 1.

 

Martinsville 4 4 2 7-17

Halifax Co. 17 16 8 12-53