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Strong start not enough for Comets varsity girls

A promising start turned into a bad finish for the Comets’ varsity girl’s basketball team, with Halifax dropping its second straight district road game Friday with an 84-41 loss to William Fleming in Roanoke. Janiyah Logan led the Comets (6-7, 0-2 WVD) with 13 points, while Sheraine Claughton added nine, Lexi Tucker six and Jaynee Campbell, Brianna Lindsey and connected on one of two free throw opportunities for the Comets, who hit 10 of 19 free throw opportunities for the game.

KeKe Haynes and Erika Coleman shared game high-scoring honors with 16 points apiece, with Coleman snaring 10 rebounds, while Ryjae Anderson scored 12 points.

Halifax County held an early 6-0 advantage, but the Colonels stormed back to lead 27-11 after one quarter and 41-25 at halftime.

A 31-7 run in the third quarter gave the Colonels a 72-32 lead, and the pace slowed in the fourth quarter as Fleming closed out the game.

Comets’ Head Coach Matthew McCargo saw some bright spots in his team’s performance despite the 43-point loss, beginning with effort.

“In the midst of a huge loss we had some great success,” said McCargo.

“We played hard from beginning to end, and we actually got out to a 6-0 lead, and we were playing well.

“We got hit with the press and early on we didn’t handle it well, but as the game wore on we had some success against it, but we just didn’t do some other things after we had beaten the press.

“That took us out of the game.  We continued to play hard, but we failed to box out, and that’s one of the areas where they really hurt us.”

Campbell scored both her field goals in the first quarter and Claughton had two in the second, in addition to hitting both her free throws.

Logan hit six of her eight foul shots in the first half, and Claughton and Tucker each hit three-pointers in the third quarter.

Logan hit a three-pointer and basket in the fourth quarter, and Edmondson added a pair of baskets.

Logan and Claughton each had good games for the Comets, according to McCargo.

“Sheraine Claughton put together another good game,” said McCargo.

“Janiyah is finding ways to score,” added McCargo, who thought the Comets made a much better showing against Fleming than it did earlier in the week against GW.

The team still needs to cut down on its turnovers against pressure defense and play with more consistency, he said.

“Fleming is every bit as strong as GW, and they attacked us from every angle, but we made a much better showing against them than we did against GW.”