- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
With a bid for the lead in the Western Valley District standings having gone by the board, the task for the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team is to protect second place. That chore starts tonight, weather permitting, when the Comets go to Danville to face archrival GW in a game that will start at 7:30 p.m.
Patrick Henry took sole possession of first place in the district standings with its 56-43 win over the Comets here Wednesday night. The Comets now cannot win the district championship without outside help.
“They (PH) are in the driver’s seat now,” Ramage acknowledged after his team’s loss to the Patriots.
“We could have been. Now, we’ve got to win the rest of our games and hope that somebody can knock them off.”
Second place in the district standings is almost as important as winning the regular-season title. That is because the first-place and second-place teams in the standings get to play their first-round district tournament game at home.
Halifax County High School has not played a first-round tournament game at home in several seasons and it would be a big prize for the Comets to have that opportunity.
First, however, the Comets must get through the rest of their three remaining regular-season contests. The first of those games is tonight’s game against GW.
Halifax County edged GW by two points in a double overtime thriller here earlier in the season. Ramage knows that his team must play its best game if it is to beat GW in its home gym.
“We’ve got to have a short memory (about Wednesday night’s game) and get ready for the next game,” Ramage said.
“It (the loss to PH) makes this game that much tougher. If we’ve got to get them (the players) “up” to play that game (against GW), something’s wrong with us.”
Tonight’s game is a big one for both the Comets and GW. Halifax County is tied for second place with Franklin County High School with GW only one game back in third place.
A win by GW lifts GW into a tie for second place, with the Comets possibly dropping to third place.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Comets as they head into next week, the final week of the regular season schedule.
Next week’s schedule has Franklin County High School coming here on Tuesday to face the Comets. Next Thursday, the Comets are scheduled to travel to Roanoke to face William Fleming High School in a game that is a rescheduled game as a result of the weather.
If tonight’s game cannot be played due to bad weather, it could create a situation in which the Comets would have to face GW, Franklin County and William Fleming all in the same week.
“Talk about Murderers Row,” Ramage remarked.
“That would be really tough. But, it’s not like we’re going to be only team in that situation. Everybody’s going to be in the same boat.”