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Comets look to snap losing streak

With four straight losses there hasn’t been much to lift the spirit of the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team. The Comets (1-4 overall) are hoping for a big change in that situation tonight when they travel to Roxboro, N.C. to face neighboring border rival Person (N.C.) High School.

Halifax County High School and Person (N.C.) High School engaged in a tough battle here Dec. 2, with the Rockets holding on to score a 63-62 win over the Comets.

The good showing on the part of the Comets against the Rockets in their first meeting coupled with the Comets’ demeanor this week will hopefully bode well for the Comets in tonight’s 7 p.m. contest.

“I was encouraged yesterday (Monday) at practice,” said Comets Head Coach Larry Epperly.

“We hadn’t played well the last three games, but the kids came to practice and worked hard and had a sense of wanting to get better. I thought the attitude was good.”

Epperly noted that he hopes that will continue over into tonight’s game.

“I’m hoping we will play better Wednesday,” Epperly remarked.

“We’re going to continue to shift our lineup until we find the kids that play well together. We just hope to see improvement each day.”

The path along the Comets’ string of early-season non-district games has been a tough one. After having won the season opener over Martinsville High School by 13 points in overtime, the Comets have lost four games in a row. Last Friday night the Comets lost to Heritage High School of Lynchburg 73-63 after having trailed by more than 20 points at one stage of the game.

While the Comets have lost their last four outings and have not played well in the last three games, Epperly says the team’s learning process continues.

“We’re a work in progress,” he pointed out.

“We still have kids trying to learn the system and what we want. We’re still turning the ball over, still not rebounding the way we need to and still not defending the way we need to.

“But,” he added, “it’s a learning process. What we’re looking for is improvement every day. We’re hoping the light switch will come on soon.”

Tonight’s game in Roxboro, N.C. is the final game for the Comets before a brief Christmas break. The Comets will not be idle for long, though, as Halifax County High School hosts its annual Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27-28.

Halifax County High School’s opponent for opening night on Dec. 27 is Pamlico County High School. That game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.