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Comets jayvees split pair of games

The Halifax County High School junior varsity boys basketball team got back on the winning track Friday night with a 49-41 win over the Heritage High School jayvees here at Halifax County High School. Friday night’s win snapped a string of two straight losses that included a tough 51-49 loss to the E.C. Glass High School jayvees Thursday night in Lynchburg.

“I thought the effort was good, especially coming off a tough loss last night (Thursday night) at E.C. Glass,” said Comets Head Coach Nathan Lantor after the win that improved the team’s record to 2-3 on the season.

“To come out and play two days in a row is extremely tough, and to come off of a heartbreaking loss is tough too.”

The Comets took an 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter against Heritage High School on a three-point basket from Tevin Edmunds. Nine unanswered points to start the second quarter gave the Comets a 20-10 lead with just under five minutes left in the first half.

Heritage High School surged back into contention as the Comets scored only three points in the final 4:53 of the first half, tying the game twice before the Comets got a layup from Edmunds with 11 seconds left in the first half to give them a 23-21 edge at halftime.

Halifax County got the upper hand back with a 9-0 run that began at the mid-point of the third quarter. That run produced a seven-point lead for the Comets, but the Pioneers got to within four points at 36-32 at the end of the third quarter.

Another surge in the middle of the fourth quarter, a surge capped by a basket by Brandon Wells off of a rebound, put the Comets up 46-36 with 2:42 left in the game. That margin was good enough to allow the Comets to seal the win.

Ten different Comets players scored in the game, with Tymeak Brandon and Keyshawn Johnson leading the team with 10 points each.

“All of my kids can play,” Lantor pointed out.

“I’ve got 13 or 14 players I can put on the floor, and all can come in and do a good job. I don’t have a problem playing any of my kids.”

The win by the Comets Friday night followed a tough contest against a good E.C. Glass High School team on Thursday night in Lynchburg.

With six different players getting into the scoring column, Halifax County led 18-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Comets had a good second quarter as well, and led 32-28 at halftime.

The third quarter was a different story.

Halifax County went cold in the third quarter, getting only three baskets, one each from Brandon, Richard Jacobs and Kory Lennon. That opened the door for E.C. Glass to outscore the Comets 17-6 and take a 45-38 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Lennon had a big fourth quarter with three field goals as the Comets outscored the Hilltoppers 11-6 in the final period. It wasn’t enough, however, as E.C. Glass held on to edge the Comets by a basket.

Nine players scored for the Comets in Thursday night’s game, with Lennon leading the way with 10 points. Brandon and Johnson followed with eight points each.

The Comets jayvees will be back in action Wednesday night when they face the Person (N.C.) High School jayvees in Roxboro, N.C. Game time is 5:30 p.m.