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Good effort but no win for Lady Comets

The Comets’ varsity girl’s basketball team has put forth good efforts on several occasions this season without producing a win, and that trend continued Saturday with a 62-57 loss at home to E.C. Glass.

Jaynee Campbell scored a career-best 15 points for the Comets, including a pair of three-pointers, Lexi Tucker added 12 points including two three-pointers, and Janiyah Logan hit three three-pointers for nine points.

Che’Lese Bowman scored eight points, including a three-pointer, Brianna Lindsey scored six points, and Briyana Jackson and Sheraine Claughton scored six and four points, respectively for the Comets, now 6-9 overall  (0-2 WVD).

Despite a season-high eight three-pointers and three players in double figures, it still wasn’t enough to prevent the Hilltoppers from claiming a second win over the Comets this season.

Aliyah Austin scored a game-high 35 points for Glass, including four three-pointers, one coming on a bank shot at the end of the first half to give her team the lead.

Austin also hit 15 of 17 free throw opportunities, and Glass hit 23 of 29 as a team, whereas the Comets’ struggles at the charity stripe continued with a three-for-16 effort.

The learning curve for his team continues, Comets’ Head Coach Matthew McCargo said after the game.

“For four quarters they continued to play hard. It’s a learning time for us and a rebuilding year, and the learning continues.”

The Comets played catch-up for most of the first quarter, but two three-pointers by Logan and one from Campbell helped them take a 20-19 lead.

Halifax led by as much as 26-21 in the second quarter after a free throw by Jackson, and Bowman scored off an offensive rebound for a 32-30 lead with seconds remaining, but Austin banked home a three-point attempt from 30-feet at the halftime buzzer to give her team a 33-32 advantage.

Glass led 46-42 entering the fourth quarter, despite three-pointers from Logan and Bowman in the third period, but the Comets mounted one final rally in the final quarter.

Tucker hit a basket and two consecutive three-pointers to give the Comets a 50-48 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Glass recovered to lead 54-50, and Halifax pulled to within a point three times in the final two and one-half minutes, the final time of a Campbell basket with 13 seconds remaining, but the Hilltoppers went four-for-four at the foul line in the last 10 seconds of the game to secure the win.

“You have to make free throws to win a ball game,” McCargo added.  “We didn’t do that, and we have to continue to attack (the basket) and get to the free throw line.

“We were a little slow getting there, and we have to learn to give better help defensively.

“Too many times No. 10 (Austin) was able to turn the corner on us and get to the rim, and we were unable to draw a charge or turn her back out.”

“We had chances to win, but unfortunately it was not our night,” McCargo added.

“We hit big shots in the fourth quarter to give us an opportunity to win, but it was just the little things we don’t do that keep us from victory.”

“Tonight, we were in the game from the start and competed, and we matched them basket for basket,” McCargo noted.  “We played man-to-man defense the whole game, and Alexia Tucker played her heart out.

“She ran the offense for us and played defense against probably one of the toughest players she’ll see this year.

“She (Austin) got 35 points but a lot of them were after Alexia got picked off and where other people didn’t step up.

“We’re improving, but we hope the year doesn’t run out before we can do some big things.”