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Turnovers kill Comets jayvee team

Mistakes often prove costly. The Halifax County High School junior varsity boys basketball team found out Tuesday night just how costly they can be.


Shouldering 29 turnovers, the Comets dropped a 58-41 contest to the E.C. Glass High School jayvees in Tuesday night’s home season-opener.

“You can’t win basketball games making 29 turnovers,” noted Comets Head Coach Nathan Lantor.

“You can’t do that and win.”

The Comets found themselves in trouble early, turning the ball over on three of their first four possessions of the game. That gave the Hilltoppers the momentum they needed and they took advantage of it.

Halifax County led only once in the game, that coming early in te first quarter when Nick Jones sank an eight-foot jump shot to put the Comets up 6-5 with 3:42 left in the first quarter.

A 10-2 run by the Hilltoppers in the last one minute and 53 seconds of the opening quarter gave them a 17-8 lead. Two baskets to start the second quarter produced a 21-8 lead for the visitors. Halifax County never recovered and trailed 34-17 at halftime.

The Comets made a nice run in the third quarter, with the second of back-to-back baskets from Rymel Hill allowing the Comets to trim their deficit to eight points at 38-30 with 2:24 left in the period.

E.C. Glass answered with a run of its own, a run that produced a 45-32 lead for the Hilltoppers heading into the final seven-minute period.

Five unanswered by the Hilltoppers to start the fourth quarter gave them an 18-point edge at 50-32. The Comets were unable to mount a serious challenge the rest of the game.

“I thought our defense was decent,” Lantor said.

“We forced them (E.C. Glass) into taking a lot of bad shots. They scored a lot of points when we had to try to play catch-up at the end.”

Lantor said he felt his team’s effort was good.

“I never doubted their effort,” Lantor said.

“Our execution wasn’t very good. We’ve just got make good passes, take care of the basketball and score when we have opportunities.”

Seven Comets players got into the scoring column, with Hill leading the Comets with 10 points. Nick Jones was next in line with eight points.