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Scrimmage a learning experience for Comets JVs

The Halifax County High School jayvee girls basketball team is a combination of returnees and first-year high school players, and Head Coach David Graham wanted to see how different lineups could work together during Tuesday’s scrimmage at home against Dan River High School.

He saw plenty during a scrimmage that saw the Comets outscore the Wildcats in each quarter, 12-6, 8-6, 10-3 and 10-1.

Defense was solid, and offense is a work in progress, Graham concluded.

“We wanted to try a couple of combinations with some different girls, see how they would play with each other and get an idea of how they’d react in a game situation,” said Graham.

“I liked what I saw.  We still have some improvement to do, fundamental-wise, and I think it will help the girls, because now they see some of their faults.

“But, I hate that a couple of girls got injured.”

Ninth-graders and first-year jayvees Ghanija Gooden and Nyjah Torain each finished with eight points, while Bria McCargo added six points on breakaway layups in the third quarter.

Timonee McCargo, another ninth-grader, added five points, and Kye-Neisha Logan, Kaylan Palmer, Trinity Owen, Mercedese Hairston, Rikissa Johnson and Mecca Carter chipped in two points apiece.

Asia Carter was 1-2 at the foul line for the Comets, who were 5-8 at the charity stripe as a team and played effectively in spurts but struggled with execution, particularly on the offensive end.

That could have been expected with Graham rotating different lineups in and out of the game to see what each player could do in a live game situation.

“I felt like we ran the defense very well, and we’ve been working on defense, but we need to work a little on offense,” said Graham.

“We didn’t have a lot of movement and we were standing around a little bit with the ball.

“Defensively we did a great job stopping the ball on the fast break.”

“What we have is a good combination, with four or five coming up from the middle school and several coming back from last year’s jayvee team,” explained Graham.

“They’re blending in really well.  We have a lot of talent, but we need to work on our fundamentals.

“We’re disappointed that we blew some layups, and I’ll blame that on nerves, but against good teams you have to capitalize on those.”