- Last Updated on 10:22 PM 11/26/12
- BY Joe Chandler
First-year Halifax County High School Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Billy Lucas admitted he was nervous about his team’s Monday night home season opener against E.C. Glass.
“All day long, it was weighing on me,” Lucas said.
“I was as nervous as I could be.”
Lucas wasn’t nervous for very long. His team trailed 4-2 after the first minute, but a 7-0 run put the Comets up 9-4 after two and a half minutes. The Comets never looked back, ringing up a 34-21 halftime lead and running away to an easy 66-27 win over the Hilltoppers.
Logan Holmes, who accounted for four of the Comets’ seven points in their opening run, led the Comets with a game-high 24 points. She had tallied 13 of them at the halftime break.
“The teamwork was there, and I just did what I needed to do to help the team,” Holmes said.
“We all played a great game. We worked well together. It makes you feel like everything we did in the offseason is paying off.”
Ten Comets players got into the scoring column, with Janiyah Logan following Holmes with 16 points, scoring eight points in each of the two halves. Che’Lese Bowman was next in line with eight points.
While the Comets showed their propensity for putting points on the scoreboard, it wasn’t all about the offense.
The Comets brought out a stifling defense, a defense that forced the Hilltoppers into turning the ball over 30 times in the contest. Halifax County forced the Hilltoppers into turning the ball over 16 times in the third quarter alone.
E.C. Glass’ spate of turnovers allowed the Comets to post 20 unanswered points to start the third quarter, most of them coming on easy baskets by Holmes and Logan who combined for 15 of the team’s 20 points in the period.
Conversely, the Hilltoppers scored only three points in the third quarter, and could manage no more than that in the final period.
“Our defense is one of our mainstays, and it’s always going to be,” Lucas pointed out.
“We’re going to put pressure on you, try to create turnovers and try to get a lot of layups on the other end.”
When the Comets missed shots, they more often than not got the rebound and scored a handful of baskets on second-try stickbacks.
“We did a lot better job rebounding offensively and defensively than we did in the scrimmage (against Dan River High School),” Lucas pointed out.
“We got it fixed to a point. We still need to work on it a little more.”
The Comets also showed an ability to score from the perimeter, with Bowman sinking a pair of three-pointers and Logan and Lexi Tucker hitting one each.
Halifax County led by as many as nine points in the first quarter and used a three-pointer from Bowman and a basket from Aleara Edmondson to take a 27-15 lead with 5:38 left in the first half. A 7-2 Comets run in the final four minutes produced the 34-21 halftime lead.
The Comets 20-0 run to open the third quarter gave them a 54-21 lead and allowed them to put the contest out of reach. Leading 54-24 to start the fourth quarter, the Comets got back-to-back baskets from Holmes and a basket from Briyana Jackson to stretch the lead to 60-24.
E.C. Glass didn’t score until there was just under three and a half minutes left to play, and it was far too little too late.
“It was the whole team,” Tucker noted of her team’s win.
“This gives us a whole lot of confidence. We still have a lot of work to do.”