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Lady Comets Fall Short In Opener

The Comets varsity girls basketball team traveled to William Fleming Friday looking for a signature win to get its Western Valley District campaign off on a good note. Instead, it was the same old song for Halifax County in a 58-46 loss to the Lady Colonels, snapping a seven-game winning streak by the Comets, now 9-2 on the season.

Melyse Brown finished with 10 points to lead the Comets, while Whitney McCargo and Destiny Betts each had eight, Shameika Canada six and Stephanie Carr five points, including the Comets’ only 3-pointer.

Tiffany Wilson had four and Chelese Bowman and Nia Brown two points apiece for Halifax County.

Fleming got double-figure scoring from four players, Saleese Stovall with 14, Tiasia McGeorge with 13, Ryjae Anderson with 11 and Casey Tench with 10 points, respectively.

One bad scoring quarter and another poor free throw shooting effort doomed the Lady Comets, who led 8-7 after one quarter before Fleming took control of the game with a 12-2 surge in the second quarter to make it 19-10 at halftime.

Each team scored 16 points in the third quarter and Fleming outscored Halifax County 23-20 in the final period, where the Lady Colonels were 9-18 from the foul line, compared to a 1-10 effort for the Comets.

Fleming was 20-40 from the charity stripe for the game, while Halifax County could only manage a 7-18 night at the foul line, a continuing weakness according to Comets coach Matthew McCargo.

“The girls competed and the score was actually closer than the final margin because we had to foul late to try and cut our deficit,” said McCargo.

“With 3:30 remaining, we had cut the margin to seven points and the Fleming coach had to put a couple of starters back into the game to stop our momentum

“The girls never stopped fighting, but we didn’t hit the free throws or get the turnovers we normally get down the stretch.”

Fleming is deep and talented both in the paint and outside, with plenty of team speed, according to McCargo.

“We got beat up and down the floor which isn’t natural for us, and I’m beginning to think the girls were a little fatigued after playing three games in one week and with the long trip to Roanoke,” he explained.

“I think that came into play.  The girls promised me it wouldn’t happen when Fleming came here and we had more rest.”

The Comets have a golden opportunity to regain some momentum and even their Western Valley District record at .500 with a win tomorrow night at home against Patrick Henry.

“I told the girls we lost the game after giving the best effort we could under the circumstances,” McCargo said.

“We have to take them (William Fleming) out when they come to our place, and we have to hold home court.

“That’s why our home district opener with Patrick Henry is so important, and with a league as tight as ours you have to win at home.

“It’s an important game, a must-win for us and a win will give us a .500 record in the Western Valley District and bring us one game closer to our goal of having a winning record.

“To achieve that record, we will have to win a majority of our district games and that means holding serve at home.

“We have to go on the road and take wins away from other people.”

Tuesday night will also be breast cancer awareness night for the Lady Comets, with every fan attending the game encouraged to wear pink

“Anyone coming to the game is asked to wear pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness and the girls will be wearing pink warm ups, and the jayvees pink socks,” said McCargo.

“The Comets will be warming up with a pink and white ball to bring awareness to cancer and its prevention.”