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Lady Comets hard-pressed in loss to FC

 

It’s no secret the Comets’ varsity girl’s basketball team has not reacted well when dealing with pressure defenses thus far this season.

 

Visiting Franklin County High School knew that coming into Tuesday’s game and used its team speed and depth to its advantage, running to a 29-10 lead after one quarter and going on to a 77-33 win over Halifax County.

Alexia Tucker was the only Comet to reach double figures with 11 points, while Janiyah Logan added six, Brianna Lindsey five, and Logan Holmes four points for Halifax County (6-10, 0-3 WVD).

Jaynee Campbell added three points and Danyelle Edmonds two points at the foul line for the Comets, whose free throw shooting woes continued with an 11-25 effort.

Charmaine Hairston scored a game-high 18 points for Franklin County (10-7, 3-1 WVD), all in the first half, while Zarkia Mattox added 15 for the Eagles, who led 46-17 at halftime before easing off the pressure in the second half.

Ball-handling under pressure continues to be a weakness for his team, and Franklin County further exposed that weakness, according to Comets’ Head Coach Matthew McCargo.

“We’ve got a pretty good point guard (Tucker) if we have people who were willing to help her out, but we haven’t found that second person who is willing to handle the ball under pressure,” McCargo explained.

“That continues to be our downfall.  We can’t get open on the press because people don’t want the ball.

“Someone has to assume some of the responsibility that comes with ball-handling and protecting it.

“We’re just not willing to do that yet.”

Comets’ turnovers helped the Eagles vault to an early 6-0 with barely a minute gone in the game before Halifax finally broke through with a basket from Lindsey on its next possession.

A Tucker basket got Halifax as close as 8-4, but a 21-6 run the rest of the quarter gave the Eagles a 19-point cushion.

Halifax managed only a three-pointer by Tucker and basket by Logan in the second quarter, and Lindsey hit her team’s only field goal in the third quarter as the Eagles’ lead ballooned to 62-22.

Holmes hit a basket and added a pair of made free throws in the fourth period for the Comets, while Logan, Tucker and Campbell added field goals.

“I thought we had good full-court pressure at the beginning of the game, and we created some turnovers,” said Franklin County Head Coach Anne Crutchfield.

“We thought that was the best option at the start.  We converted some layoffs off those and were able to take an early lead.”

Crutchfield had an overwhelmingly young team last year, and she said after the game she can identify with the situation the Comets are facing this season.

“They’re young, and we’d seen them play several times,” she said.

“We’ve been fortunate to have some depth during the past several seasons, and over the course of the year whether through injuries or what, some of our younger players have had to step up.

“It’s a tough position to be in…I saw early in the game they have some really athletic kids, and that they will continue to get better, because they’re well coached.”

 

Stats

FRANKLIN COUNTY

NAME FG FT F TP

Hairston 8 0-0 2 18

Crockett 2 0-0 2 4

Mattox 6 3-6 3 15

Martin 2 1-2 0 6

Dudley 3 0-0 1 7

Brooks 0 0-0 2 0

Mitchell 1 0-0 0 2

Stephons 2 1-2 0 5 Taylor 1 0-3 1 2

Hancock 2 2-2 1 6

Brooks 0 3-4 2 3

Holland 1 2-2 2 4

Greenway 2 1-2 2 5

Totals 30 13-23 18 77

 

HALIFAX COUNTY

NAME FG FT F TP

Brandon 0 0-0 3 0

Logan 2 2-4 1 6

Claughton 0 0-0 1 0

Holmes 1 2-2 1 4

Tucker 4 2-8 0 11

Campbell 1 1-2 0 3

Alberts 0 0-0 1 0

Cole 0 1-2 1 1

Bowman 0 0-0 2 0

Hill 0 0-0 1 0

Edmonds 0 2-3 0 2

Jackson 0 0-0 1 0

Lindsey 2 1-2 2 5

Snead 0 0-0 0 0

Totals 10 11-25 14 33

 

w Three Point Field Goals: Tucker (HC) 1; Hairston (FC) 2; Martin (FC) 1; Dudley (FC) 1

 

Franklin County 29 17 16 15-77

Halifax County 10 7 5 11-33