- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The first week of the new year begins as a busy one for the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team. Halifax County faces a tough three-game week, a week that begins tonight with a road game against Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg and continues on Tuesday with a rematch against Person High School in Roxboro, N.C.
After that bit of work is done, the Comets will face William Fleming High School of Roanoke here Friday night in the team’s Western valley District opener.
It’s a tough schedule and Comets head coach Lynn Ramage says his undefeated Comets team must be ready.
“We don’t have a choice,” Ramage said.
“We have to be ready.”
Tonight’s game against Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg will be the first-ever meeting between the Comets and LCA. Then, on Tuesday night, the Comets, now 7-0 on the season, will face Person High School in Roxboro, N.C. in game that the coaches of both teams feel will be as intense as this past Wednesday’s HCHS Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament championship game.
The Comets rallied to pull off a 62-55 win in overtime, a win that Ramage termed as a Christmas present from the Rockets.
“We didn’t win the game,” Ramage said.
“Person gave it to us. It was a Christmas present. Our kids underestimated how badly Person wanted to win.”
Ramage pointed out that the game should have been a boost to the confidence of the Person High School team, which stymied the Comets with a 2-3 zone defense.
“Person showed a lot of heart,” Ramage pointed out.
“They played well enough to win. They’re going to be ready and confident. If we come out there with that same type of stuff as the last game, we’re going to be in trouble.”
Person High School coach Charles Dacus says the Person High School-Halifax County High School games are tough each year.
“It’s tough every year,” Dacus said.
“It seems like we’ve been playing each other three times a year, with the exception of one or two years, in the 15 years I’ve been coaching at Person High School. It’s tougher mentally than it is physically. Hopefully our guys can take something from this and rebound and be able to respond and be ready to go.”
On Friday night, the Comets will be at home in the friendly confines of the Halifax County High School gym to face William Fleming High School in the Western Valley District opener for both teams.
“Needless to say, it’s going to be a big game,” Ramage said.
“Every district game is important, especially the home games.”
Ramage is encouraging all Comets basketball fans to come out and support the team in Friday night’s district opener.
“We had a great crowd on both nights of the Holiday Classic,” Ramage said.
“The crowd was loud and intense. I can’t remember seeing and hearing the crowd be as loud and as intense as it was during the fourth quarter and overtime when we played Person High School on Wednesday night.
“The crowd helped will our kids to win,” Ramage continued.
“The fans were great and the Comets Pep Band was super. They were our “sixth man” on the court. We really appreciate the support. We hope that fans and the Comets Crazies will come out and fill up the gym Friday night like they did for the Holiday Classic Tournament.”