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Comets varsity girls rebound with solid victory

After suffering through a 60-18 loss at Brunswick County in its previous game, the Comets’ varsity girl’s basketball team needed to rebuild momentum that could only come from a solid win. Halifax County and Head Coach Matthew McCargo got what they wanted Friday with a 62-30 win at Park View.

Janiyah Logan scored a game-high 21 points for the Comets, while Briyana Jackson added 10 points, Che’Lese Bowman nine points and Lexi Tucker and Ashley Hill five points apiece.

Sheraine Claughton posted four points and Jaynee Campbell, Ashley-Rose Alberts, Danyelle Edmonds and Brianna Lindsey added two points apiece for Halifax County, which improved to 3-4 on the season.

His team’s play against Park View was a complete turnaround compared to the game against Brunswick County, according to McCargo.

“It was a total turnaround,” he remarked.  “The last game we got a little shell shocked after the first quarter.

“Against Brunswick, we played a very good first quarter but got hit with some pressure and eventually just backed off.”

Halifax trailed Brunswick 15-10 after one quarter, but the Comes wilted under full court pressure and finished with a 60-18 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs.

Things were vastly different Friday night, with the Comets taking charge early with a 23-3 run in the first quarter.

Six different Comets scored in the opening eight minutes, with Halifax connecting on seven field goals and nine of 12 free throw opportunities.

The game was over by halftime with Halifax holding a 41-14 lead.  Logan hit a three-pointer and two baskets, and Jackson two buckets, while Bowman added a three-pointer in the surge.

Logan added four points in the third quarter and Bowman hit all three free throws after being fouled while attempting a three-pointer to help the Comets to a 50-21 advantage, and Logan added her final six points in the final period to help pace the Comets.

“In between games we talked about things we could do to get better,” McCargo explained.

“We didn’t box out well and didn’t play aggressive (against Brunswick).  We played timid and didn’t make free throws like we should have.

“We talked about everybody playing hard every minute they were on the floor, and so we all agreed that’s what we were going to do.”

Against Park View, the Comets got into the passing lane and got a lot of easy baskets from steals, according to McCargo.

“We ran the floor offensively, people got into position to get some easy baskets, and the free throw percentage (14-19) was much better than in the past.”

Logan and Jackson both benefited from the Comets’ increased intensity on defense, McCargo noted.

“Janiyah does very well when she plays by instinct.  Putting pressure on the ball and not sitting back gives her an opportunity to get into the passing lane and get easy transition baskets,” remarked McCargo.

“Briyana just outran everybody down the floor and got several easy baskets to get us going, and Lexi Tucker did an excellent job of handling the pressure they put on us, working her way through it and finding people open.”

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