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Comets boys show progress

“We definitely showed progress.” Those were the encouraging words from Halifax County High School Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Larry Epperly in the wake of his team’s scrimmage Tuesday night at Dan River High School.

 

The Comets played the Wildcats to a one-point game, with the team displaying a better, smoother performance than it did in last Friday night’s Blue-White intersquad scrimmage at Halifax County High School.

Halifax County High School was at its best in the third quarter when it outscored the Wildcats 23-8.

“That was a good quarter,” Epperly said.

“We came right out of the gate, jumped on them hard and got a good lead.”

One of the encouraging aspects of the scrimmage, Epperly said, was the play of centers Evin Morrison and Kory Lennon.

“Evin and Kory played a pretty solid game,” Epperly said.

“They are getting better playing each other in practice. Playing against Kory in practice is definitely making Evin better because Kory beats and bangs on him and that is something Evin is going to face this season.”

Another player Epperly said had a good night was point guard Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson had a decent night in last Friday’s scrimmage, but showed better against the Wildcats.

Also a plus for Epperly and his staff Tuesday night was the opportunity to see their players in game-like situations.

“We played everybody and that gave us an opportunity to see all of the players in a game-type situation,” Epperly noted.

“We had a chance to evaluate a lot of people. We played people in situations that we probably would not put them in on Tuesday when we play our season opener. We had a 10-player rotation, and we will probably shorten it up to eight by the time we get to Tuesday.”

While Epperly and his staff saw some good things against the Wildcats, two major areas of concern remained – turnovers and shooting.

“Turnovers is the biggest issue we’re facing right now,” Epperly said.

“We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. If we can cut down on the turnovers we can be better.”

The Comets did not shoot the ball well in last Friday night’s Blue-White game, and shooting was an issue against the Wildcats Tuesday night.

“We didn’t shoot the ball real well,” Epperly said.

“We’ve got to get better there.”

The Comets will get another dose of game experience this weekend as they will travel to Richmond to face a couple of different teams.

“We’re definitely looking to get better,” Epperly pointed out.

“We know we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Halifax County High School opens its season here Tuesday, facing E.C. Glass High School here at Comets gym.

The night’s action starts with a junior varsity game at 6 p.m. with the varsity contest following at 7:30 p.m.