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Blue Comets girls drop second straight at Glass

The Comets’ varsity girl’s basketball team fell behind 24-10 at halftime and eventually dropped its second straight game after winning its opener with a 45-36 loss at E.C. Glass on Friday.Brianna Lindsey scored 11 points to lead the Comets and Che’Lese Bowman was next with seven points, while Janiyah Logan, Mecca Cole and Briyana Jackson scored four points apiece and Sheraine Claughton and Lexi Tucker two apiece.  Ashley Hill and Danyelle Edmonds each added a point on one of two foul shooting for Halifax, which hit nine of 15 free throw attempts for the contest.

Three games into the season, Comets’ Head Coach Matthew McCargo is searching for the right player rotation to give his team the best chance of winning games.

“We are having trouble finding five players who can play on both ends,” said McCargo.

“We have two players who we can depend on to be consistent on both ends of the floor, offense and defense, but we’re still searching for some consistency from three, four and five.

“We haven’t gotten it yet, and it’s hard to get anything accomplished when everybody’s not on the same page.”

The Comets had that consistency for part of the Martinsville game, particularly after halftime, according to McCargo.

“We haven’t gotten it in the last two games, and it seems to just float around from one player to the next,” he said.

The Comets did play a more consistent game in the second half against Glass, and they continue to play hard overall, McCargo added.

“There seemed to be a sense of urgency once we fell behind, but we need to come out and play like that from the beginning of the game until the end.

Halifax County trailed 12-8 after one quarter, but managed to score only two points in the second period before falling behind by 14 points at halftime.

Lindsey scored six points in the third quarter, Jackson four and Bowman three on a three-pointer, as the Comets closed the gap to 34-23 with a quarter remaining.

Halifax County outscored Glass 13-10 in the final quarter, but the halftime deficit was two large to overcome.

The Comets have a chance to get some momentum this week with games at Magna Vista and against Liberty High School at the Beacon Classic in Lynchburg.

“Once we get some consistency, we’ll just go from there, and once we get five players performing that way we can do more both offensively and defensively,” McCargo noted.