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HCHS rolls up easy 64-33 win over Martinsville

After having lost three district games in a row and not playing well in the process, the late-season picture was not looking good for the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team. That now may have changed.

Looking like an entirely different team than from the night before when they lost badly to William Fleming High School in Roanoke, the Comets easily cruised to a 64-33 win over Martinsville High School here Wednesday night.

Wednesday night’s win was something of a soothing tonic for the Comets, who had scored 37, 33 and 29 points in their three previous outings, all losses against Western Valley District opponents.

“When I looked at this game on the schedule, I wasn’t real happy about playing back-to-back,” Comets Head Coach Larry Epperly noted about this week’s schedule that had the Comets playing in Roanoke on Tuesday night, here Wednesday, and again in Roanoke tonight against Patrick Henry High School.

“But, as it worked out, we needed this game just to get the cobwebs out from last night (a 64-29 loss Tuesday night to William Fleming High School) and move on. It really ended up being good. We needed a win. We needed to score some points. This was the highest amount of points we’ve scored in awhile.”

Wednesday night’s game was the best shooting performance the Comets have had in awhile. The Comets hit five of 12 attempts from three-point range, made 11 of their 14 attempts at the free throw line, and hit more of the short and mid-range shots that they had missed in past games.

Halifax County made some good defensive stops early in the game, stops that helped create some easy baskets and a 9-0 Comets lead in the first four minutes of the game.

The Comets led 16-5 at the end of the first quarter and held a lead ranging from eight to 13 points in the second period, taking a 31-18 lead at halftime.

A 9-2 run in the first three minutes and 18 seconds of the third quarter triggered by a 3-point shot from Ford Bradshaw, the second of his three treys in the game gave the Comets a 40-20 lead.

It was easy going for the Comets the rest of the game, with everybody getting in on the action as the Comets closed out the 31-point win.

“We were happy to see the ball going into the basket,” Epperly said.

“It’s something we hadn’t seen in a while.”

Tonight it’s back to serious business for the Comets. Halifax County High School travels to Roanoke to face Patrick Henry High School, the first of three district games remaining for the Comets.

The Comets are in a three-way battle to make the field for the Western Valley District Tournament, and all three games, including tonight’s road game, are big games for the Comets.

“Hopefully we’ve gotten our confidence back and we can go to Patrick Henry and play better than we have in our three previous district games,” Epperly remarked.

“Confidence is a big part of this game. I hope we can put things back together and make the playoffs.”