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Comets ready for home opener

With two pre-season scrimmages now in the books, Halifax County High School Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Larry Epperly says he and his team are ready to play a game.

That’s a good thing, as the Comets open their season here Tuesday night against E.C. Glass High School and travel to Roxboro, N.C. Friday night to face neighboring border rival Person (N.C.) High School.

“We’ve got two good teams to play in these two games,” Epperly said.

“E.C. Glass has a 6-10 center and has size and experience. We know Person has a Top 50 player, has several returning players and they’re down there talking state title. It will be a good week and a good test for us.”

The Comets concluded their pre-season scrimmage schedule Saturday, playing three quarters of basketball against Cosby High School and playing three quarters against Henrico High School in a scrimmage at Cosby High School.

No scores were kept.

“Those were good tests for us,” Epperly said.

“It was good competition. We learned a lot.”

Epperly said that on a positive note, the Comets executed well at times. On the downside, the team is still making too many turnovers.

“We held our own,” the Comets coach pointed out.

“We’ve also got a lot of things we need to work on to get better.”

Epperly said his team struggled some against Henrico High School, primarily because the Comets squared off against Henrico right after finishing up against Cosby High School.

“Both of those teams (Cosby and Henrico) are good teams,” Epperly said.

“Henrico is as good as any team we will play all year. The situation when we played Henrico was different because it was our fourth quarter and Henrico’s first quarter. 

“Henrico was fresh and we were not as fresh as they were,” Epperly continued.

“They’re a pressing team and they came out and jumped on us quickly. They came after us with a vengeance.”

A matter of concern for the Comets coming out of Saturday’s scrimmage is the health of 6-7 senior center Evin Morrison and senior forward Dakota Delaware.

Morrison was ill with the flu, Epperly said, and played only three or four minutes. Delaware sprained an ankle in the Comets’ fourth quarter of play and did not play the last two quarters.

Epperly said yesterday he expects both to be back and able to play in Tuesday night’s opener against E.C. Glass.

While the illness and injury situation is one no coach or team likes to have, Epperly said the team needs to learn how to handle adversity.

“You have to learn to deal with adversity,” Epperly said.

“Games and situations don’t always go the way you want them to go. It’s just something you have to deal with.”