- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
It was as disappointing a night as the Halifax County High School varsity basketball team has experienced this season.
With an opportunity to take the lead in the Western Valley District standings sitting in front of them, the Comets turned in a lackluster performance, a performance that allowed Patrick Henry High School to roll to a 56-43 win and take command of the Western Valley District title chase.
“Where do I start?” queried Comets head coach Lynn Ramage when asked his opinion as to what was at the heart of his team’s loss.
“We did nothing right. We missed lay-ups and free throws and you can’t do that and win games. They beat us in every facet of the game.”
The Comets missed 16 lay-ups and hit only 11 of 27 attempts at the charity stripe, a combination that was a part of the Comets unraveling at the hands of the Patriots.
Halifax County (11-6 overall, 3-2 district) managed to hang around with a five-to-six-point deficit for most of the game. However, the Comets were never able to make defensive stops at the right time to trigger a run and put pressure on the Patriots.
Halifax County trailed 39-30 at the end of the third quarter. When the Comets scored only two points in the first two and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, the situation turned dire.
Leading by eight points at 42-34, Patrick Henry (12-3 overall, 5-1 district) went on a 10-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to stretch its lead to 52-36 with 2:24 left in the game. The Comets never recovered.
“They (PH) were at a different level than we were,” Ramage pointed out.
“They moved quicker. Their reaction to the ball was quicker. You can say we had days off and all of that, but they had the same amount of days off that we did.
“They (PH) came out and played hard,” continued the Comets coach.
“Playing hard is a skill. We have to master that skill. You can be bad, but effort makes up for it. All the fans here want to see is that you’ve been trying. I don’t think our fans felt we tried hard tonight. I don’t think we tried hard.”
The Comets led only one time in the game, that coming when Dabbs hit a lay-up to score the opening basket of the game. Patrick Henry took the lead three minutes into the contest and did not relinquish it the rest of the contest.
The Comets had only two players to reach double figures. Deshon Dabbs led the Comets with 16 points, but scored only five of them in the second half. Kejuan Mayo chipped in 10 points. He led the Comets in rebounding with 14 rebounds, blocked three shots and had one steal.
Wednesday night marked the second time this season that Patrick Henry has beaten the Comets with the lead in the district standings at stake.
“We had a chance to take sole possession of first place two times against the same team and had the same results,” Ramage remarked.
“I think we’re good enough to play against this team. But, you’ve got to beat the big dogs if you want to win (the championship).”