- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
A bid by the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team to pick up its first road win of the season came up shy. The Comets were in the hunt through most of Thursday night’s contest against Person (N.C.) High School in Roxboro, N.C. – that is until the Rockets made two big runs in the fourth quarter to overcome the Comets 58-49.
It was the first win of the season for Person (N.C.) High School, which improved its record to 1-4 overall with the win. The Comets fell to 1-1 overall with the loss.
While it was a big win for former Halifax County High School coach Ray Reaves, who now heads up the Person (N.C.) High School girls team, it was a bittersweet experience in seeing his team defeat the Comets and his friend, Comets Head Coach Matthew McCargo.
“I’m glad we got the win,” Reaves said.
“We want to win no matter who the opponent is. When I look down there and see Matt, it’s a little bittersweet.
“It’s an uneasy feeling,” added Reaves.
“He and I talked before the game, and I just didn’t feel right. I’ve been worked up all day knowing I was getting ready to face a team I loved while I was there. Matthew and I have remained real close friends and have communicated a lot during the off-seasons, even when I was helping coach the boys team.”
Person High School made two big runs in the fourth quarter to put itself over the top. The first run, a 7-0 push, came early in the fourth quarter, and broke a 35-35 deadlock.
Halifax County’s Lexi Tucker broke the Rockets’ run with a pair of free throws that cut the Person High lead to five points at 42-37 with 5:27 left in the game. The Rockets went back to work to produce a second 7-0 run that yielded a 50-37 lead over the Comets with just over four minutes to play.
Halifax County clawed its way back into contention and cut the Rockets’ lead to three points at 52-49 on a layup by Tucker off of a steal with 1:19 left in the game. But the Rockets held on down the stretch, hitting five of eight attempts at the free throw line in the final 1:11 of the game to seal the win.
While the Comets, who led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter, came back to make a game of it, McCargo was not pleased with his team’s effort.
“They didn’t perform tonight,” McCargo pointed out.
“They were not ready to play at all. None of them were focused. It’s disappointing. We feel we need to win the games we should be able to win.”
McCargo was pleased, however, with was the way his team reacted to playing a physically bigger and stronger Person High School squad.
“I’m proud of them for not giving up in the face of the physical play,” he remarked.
“That, and the fact that despite everything that went wrong, we still found a way to stay in the game and make it close.”
One of the big disparities in the game was at the free throw line. The Comets hit only 12 of 27 attempts from the charity stripe, while Person High School hit 19 of 29 attempts.
“It would have been a much better ballgame if we could have made our free throws,” McCargo pointed out, “but we didn’t come close with that.”
NAME FG FT F TP
Logan 3 0-2 4 6
Claughton 0 0-0 2 0
Tucker 4 9-13 2 18
Campbell 1 0-0 3 3
Cole 1 0-0 0 2
Bowman 2 0-2 3 5
Hill 2 2-6 1 6
Jackson 0 0-0 0 0
Lindsey 2 0-0 5 4
Snead 2 1-2 1 5
Edmondson 0 0-2 2 0
Totals 17 12-27 23 49
NAME FG FT F TP
Bass 0 0-0 1 0
Pettiford 2 4-4 1 9
McCain 2 1-4 2 6
Solomon 2 0-2 0 4
Riley 1 1-2 0 4
Harris 3 5-6 0 11
Hatchett 0 0-2 3 0
Mangum 0 0-0 4 0
Outlaw 6 6-7 3 18
Villines 2 2-2 5 6
Totals 18 19-29 19 58
Three-Point Baskets: Tucker (HC) 1, Campbell (HC) 1, Bowman (HC) 1, Cole (HC) 1, Pettiford (P) 1, McCain (P) 1, Riley (P) 1.
Halifax County 11 12 10 16-49
Person High 9 16 8 25-58