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Lady Comets Roll Past Martinsville 60-19

A rebuilding Martinsville girls basketball team proved no match for the Comets varsity girls basketball team, which rolled to a 60-19 win Monday at Comets Gym. Comets coach Matthew McCargo went to his bench early and often against the outmanned Bulldogs, with the Comets bolting to a 20-9 advantage after one quarter and 29-13 lead at halftime.

A 16-0 run in the third quarter gave Halifax a 45-13 bulge with a quarter remaining, and the Comets cruised from there.

All 11 of the Comets’ roster saw playing time against Martinsville, with Ashley Leachman scoring a career-high 12 points and Whitney McCargo and Destiny Betts notching 10 points apiece.

Shameika Canada had eight, Nia Brown six, Melyse Brown and Jamilia Smith four points apiece, while Stephanie Carr, Tiffany Wilson and Dekeda Townes added a field goal each for the Comets, now 14-3 on the season.

“We knew they were in a rebuilding year and we knew from our earlier game they wouldn’t be able to handle our defensive pressure,” McCargo explained.

“So, our intent was to play aggressively from the start and not get into the mode of playing down to the level of our competition.

“We also wanted to give our second unit an opportunity to play, but they didn’t come out aggressively and I had to kind of chew them out at halftime.

“When they got back in after halftime, the second team showed more poised and was a lot more aggressive.

“That’s what I wanted them to do.”

The Comets’ focus now turns to Friday’s home game with William Fleming, currently the first-place team in the Western Valley District.

“William Fleming is one game ahead of us in the district, and they handed us a loss earlier in the year that didn’t sit well with us,” said McCargo.

We’re looking forward to this.  They are a talented team with excellent guards and strength at the post.

“It should be a good game and we expect a big crowd to come out and support us.”

It felt great to be 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the Western Valley District, with a road win against GW and home win against Franklin County already in the books, McCargo added.

“We knew this group would be good before they left here, and they worked hard during the summer for years.

“Eventually, we hoped it would pay off and we saw signs of this last year, particularly toward the end of the season.

“We just didn’t learn how to win close games, but now we’re learning how to win close games, how to compete and how to put four solid quarters together.

“I hope it continues Friday night.”