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Comets girls snap three-game losing streak

After having lost three games in a row, including a game the previous night, the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team needed something good to happen. The Comets had something very good to happen in Saturday’s Beacon Classic at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg – a 46-43 win over Liberty High School of Bedford.

“It feels very good,” Comets Head Coach Matthew McCargo said of the win that snapped his team’s three-game losing streak.

“We had gotten to a point where the girls were down and seemingly in a state of depression, especially in last night’s ballgame (Friday’s game against Magna Vista High School). We told them they needed to put all of that behind them and go out and play and have fun. I think they bought into that.”

Halifax County High School (2-3 overall) made a living off of the long ball, canning six three-point shots in the contest. Lexi Tucker and Che’Lese Bowman, who led the Comets with 17 points and 16 points respectively, hit three three-point shots each.

“We have a good outside shooting team between Jaynee Campbell, Lexi, Che’Lese and Janiyah Logan,” McCargo pointed out.

“When we can get them all on track, we’ve got a pretty good outside shooting team. Tonight we had the two of them (Tucker and Bowman) on track.”

That was quite a contrast from the Comets’ 46-35 loss to Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway. Halifax County attempted only four outside shots the entire game.

“We got on them about passing up shots,” McCargo pointed out, “and I think they were focused on looking for them tonight.”

Saturday’s contest against Liberty High School (2-4 overall) was a close one. The lead swapped hands seven times before the Comets took the lead for the final time on a pair of free throws from Bowman with five and a half minutes left in the contest.

After Bowman’s pair of free throws gave the Comets a 34-32 lead, Bowman hit one of her three three-point baskets to put the Comets up 37-32 with 5:01 left.

Liberty High School cut the lead to three points, but Tucker countered with the last of her three three-point shots to give the Comets a 40-34 lead with 4:18 left.

That was the last shot from the floor that the Comets hit in the game. After Liberty High School cut the Comets’ lead to four points with 2:41 left, the game turned into a free throw shooting contest.

The Comets connected on only six of 15 attempts from the charity stripe in the final two and a half minutes of the game, but it was enough.

“That’s not good,” McCargo said of his team’s late-game free throw shooting, “but it was good enough tonight.”

The largest lead either team held prior to the last five and a half minutes of the game was three points. Halifax County High School led by as many as seven points, that coming when Tucker made one of two free throw attempts with 45.6 seconds left in the game to give the Comets a 44-37 edge.