- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Somehow Halifax County High School found a way in four minutes to do something it couldn’t do in 32 minutes – win it’s season opener.
Spearheaded by the play of Freddie Edmunds, the Comets overpowered Martinsville High School in overtime to win their season opener 64-51 Wednesday night in Martinsville.
“It’s always good to win the first one,” Comets Head Coach Larry Epperly said with a smile.
“We found a way to win. We made some judgment mistakes. We shot the ball when we shouldn’t have shot it, we didn’t block out (on the boards) when we should have blocked out in key situations. But we found a way to win and we ran a couple of plays to perfection at the end.”
Edmunds’ aggressive play in overtime spurred the Comets’ effort. He came up with a steal and hit a lay-up to push a slim one-point Comets lead to three points with 3:19 left.
Later, with two minutes left, he sank another lay-up to stretch the Comets’ lead to seven points. Edmunds came up with a second steal that led to a lay-up by T.J. Brooks with 41 seconds left to push the Comets’ lead to double digits and ice the win.
Just before Edmunds’ late steal, Ford Bradshaw hit a lay-up after catching a near floor-length pass to push the Comets to the brink of victory.
‘We ran a couple of plays to perfection at the end,” Epperly pointed out.
“We ran the over-the-top (play) and got the layup (from Bradshaw) that really closed the deal.”
The Comets scored six unanswered points to open the four-minute overtime period. Martinsville scored on a free throw with 2:23 left, but didn’t score again the rest of the game.
It was a gutsy performance from the Comets, who had only seven players to see action. Two of the seven players, freshman Ta’vion Petty, T.J. Brooks, were playing in their first career varsity games. Junior James Jennings, who came in off of the bench to score eight points, wasn’t in the Comets’ program last season, and was making his first career varsity appearance for the Comets.
“Our bench is short,” Epperly noted.
“We played only seven people. Guys had to dig down and play a lot of minutes. We showed some toughness. To win a game like this, we’re happy.”
The Comets had three players to hit double figures in the scoring column. Dakota Delware led the Comets with 15 points. Edmunds followed with 13 points and Bradshaw chipped in 12 points.
Martinsville jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, and held it until a basket by Jennings gave the Comets a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Neither team led by more than four points in the second quarter, with the Comets leading 26-24 at halftime.
A steal and a dunk by Edmunds with 19.4 seconds left in the third quarter pushed the Comets lead to 11 points. Martinsville clawed its way back into contention in the fourth quarter, with the Comets needing two free throws from Edmunds with 2:52 left in the period to deadlock the game at 50-50.
The Bulldogs chewed up most of the final two minutes of the clock in the fourth quarter. Brooks missed a pair of free throws with 30.7 seconds left, and Martinsville missed an attempted shot with two seconds left in regulation to force the overtime period.
NAME FG FT F TP
Bradshaw 5 0-0 2 12
Brooks 1 0-2 3 2
Edmunds 4 5-6 3 13
Delaware 7 1-2 4 15
Petty 2 0-0 1 5
Jennings 3 2-2 2 8
Ford 2 5-8 2 9
Totals 24 13-20 17 64
NAME FG FT F TP
Tarpley 5 3-4 1 14
Morehead 7 0-0 1 15
Adams 1 0-0 2 3
Hairston, T. 0 0-0 1 0
Hairston, I. 3 4-7 3 10
Schoolfield 0 0-0 0 0
Carter 0 0-4 0 0
Moyer 0 0-0 1 0
Jamison 2 1-4 5 5
Fuller 1 2-4 4 4
Powell 0 0-0 0 0
Totals 19 10-23 18 51
• Three-Point Baskets: Bradshaw (HC) 2, Petty (HC) 1, Tarpley (M) 3, Morehead (M) 1, Adams (M) 1.
Halifax County 13 13 18 6 14-64
Martinsville 12 12 12 14 1-51