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Comets handed first loss this year

The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team made a living from behind the 3-point line for most of its game at home Monday against Heritage High School, sinking a total of 11 3-point shots.

 

When it counted most, however, the shots didn’t fall, and the Lady Comets (2-1) dropped their first game of the year 50-42 to the Pioneers.

Lexi Tucker scored a game-high 18 points, all on 3-pointers, while Janiyah Logan added a trio of 3-pointers, and Sheraine Claughton and Che’Lese Bowman each added a 3-pointer.

On this night, however, it wasn’t enough, despite the Comets leading 10-4 after one quarter and 22-14 at halftime.

Halifax controlled the pace of the game in the first half with effective passing around the Heritage zone that gave the Comets open looks at 3-pointers, which they buried.

All seven baskets the Comets scored in the first half came from behind the 3-point line, but when Heritage made adjustments to cut off their outside game, Halifax struggled with its inside game in the second half.

Cameron Carter and Chantal Colmore, each with 17 points for the contest, led a Heritage rally that tied the game at 32-32 going into the fourth quarter, and Heritage closed out the game in the final period, outscoring the Comets 18-10.

The Pioneers went 7-12 from the charity stripe in the final period, with the Comets coming as close as 45-41 with 1:36 remaining on Tucker’s final 3-pointer of the game.

Halifax County tallied six baskets in the second half, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter and one more in the fourth, but lack of inside scoring left them short at the end.

Logan added 11 points for the Comets, including three 3-pointers, while Claughton, Bowman, Ashley Hill and Logan Holmes each added three points.

“We knocked down a ton of threes in the first half to give us a lead,” said Comets’ Head Coach Billy Lucas.

“But, they came out in the second half and pressured us.  “That’s the first time we’ve seen any real good pressure this year, and they were able to create some turnovers.”

The Comets had less patience under pressure in the second half, according to Lucas.

“We got into that mode where we made one pass and shot the ball,” he explained.

“They did to us what we’d done to other teams, they sped the game up on us, and that got us in the end.

“We relied too much on the jump shot.”

“We were hitting from outside but were missing everything from two feet in,” added Lucas.

“We’ve got to get more consistency in that area.”

Heritage made its comeback in the later stages of the third quarter when Tucker, the Comets’ point guard and one of their primary ball handlers, went to the bench with her third foul, also a big factor in the game, Lucas added.

Much of a 16-0 run by Heritage to take a 30-26 lead in the third quarter came when Tucker was out of the game.

The biggest thing his team has to learn is to be patient, something the Comets did well in the first half to get the lead but not so well in the second half when they lost it, Lucas concluded.

“We seemed to put too much pressure on ourselves,” he said.

 “When a team presses you, you should be able to slow yourselves down and let it come to you.”