- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School’s varsity boys and girls basketball teams will face big tests tonight when they square off against William Fleming High School. Weather permitting, the Comets varsity boys team (11-5 overall, 3-1 district) will travel to Roanoke to face the Colonels (3-10 overall, 0-5 district). The Comets varsity girls team (14-3 overall, 3-1 district) will host William Fleming (13-3 overall, 5-0 district).
For the Comets girls, tonight’s game is a key contest. The Comets are chasing William Fleming for the district championship and a win by the Comets tonight would create a tie at the top of the district standings.
Tonight’s contest is a big one for the Comets boys team as well. Halifax County needs a win tonight to stay with Patrick Henry High School at the top of the standings.
Patrick Henry had not been beaten in district play until Tuesday night when it lost to GW in Danville. A win by the Comets over William Fleming tonight will keep the Comets, who also have one district loss, even with Patrick Henry as the two teams head for their rematch here on Tuesday night.
The Comets will enter tonight’s game looking to rebound from a tough one-point loss to Martinsville High School in Martinsville on Tuesday.
“The last time we played them (William Fleming) we came off of an emotional game with Person High School,” noted Comets head coach Lynn Ramage.
“Now, we’ve got to go to Roanoke to play after the loss to Martinsville. It’s time to get back on track on Friday.”
Ramage acknowledged that a win tonight will put the Comets in good shape as they head down the stretch of the last half of the district schedule.
“It’s going to be a tough test,” Ramage said of tonight’s game.
“It (William Fleming High School) is a tough place to play. They have a great team and a great tradition. We’re going to have to play well to win.”
The other Western Valley District match-up this weekend pits Franklin County against Patrick Henry. As a result of the possibility of bad weather, the varsity girls teams from the two schools will play tonight at Franklin County High School.
Tonight’s varsity boys game between the two teams at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke has been moved up to 6 p.m.
In both the boys and girls contests, Franklin County needs a win to maintain its hold on third place in the district standings.
If the Comets teams get their games in tonight as scheduled, only three district games will remain. Two of the three games are scheduled for next week.
For the Comets boys, two of the three will be played here at Halifax County High School.