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Brunswick team crushes Comets girls

The numbers on the scoreboard were better for the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team Wednesday night than they were when the team faced Brunswick High School about a month earlier. Still, it wasn’t pretty.

The Comets fell behind early and fell to the Bulldogs 55-33, with the team’s record dropping to 6-8 overall.

Comets Head Coach Matthew McCargo said his team’s effort in this game was better than it was when the Comets lost to Brunswick High School 60-18 in Lawrenceville in mid-December.

“The performance and execution was not better,” McCargo pointed out.

“We have a big problem with focus. Mentally and physically they weren’t there when we played them the first time. Tonight, mentally we weren’t here.”

The Comets kept the game a two-point game for the first four and a half minutes. A 9-2 run by Brunswick to cap the first quarter gave the Bulldogs a 17-8 lead after the first eight-minute stanza.

In a low-scoring second quarter in which Brunswick outscored the Comets 6-5, the Comets had some opportunities to close the gap but did not take advantage of them.

The Comets trailed 23-13 at halftime, but went the first six minutes and 15 seconds of the third quarter without a basket. In that interval, Brunswick pulled away to a 39-19 lead, and led 41-22 at the end of the third quarter.

Halifax County attempted to get something going in the fourth quarter, but Brunswick was able to extend its lead to a game-high 24 points before cashing in the 22-point win.

Inconsistent play, turnovers and a litany of missed shots close to the basket derailed the Comets.

“We’re still missing entirely too many shots around the basket,” McCargo pointed out.

“On defense our players couldn’t remember how we play our zone defense. They couldn’t remember how we execute our press attack. There were a bunch of things that happened mentally.

“We’re having trouble finding five players that can play consistently on either end of the floor,” added McCargo.

“Until we can find somebody that has the nerve to take on the responsibility of handling the ball we’re going to be in trouble.”

Nine Comets players got into the scoring column, with Brianna Lindsey and Whitney White leading the team with eight points each. Six of Lindsey’s points came in the first half.

Janiyah Logan was next in line for the Comets with five points.

Brunswick High School standout Myneshia Walker led the Bulldogs in scoring with a game-high 28 points. Desiray Bennett added a dozen points for the Bulldogs in their winning effort.