- Last Updated on 07:52 AM 12/10/12
- BY Doug Ford
After a 2-0 start to the season, the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team has dropped three games in a row, the latest a 58-35 loss at home to Bassett High School on Friday.
Turnovers and rebounding issues were key to the latest setback, with Bassett leading the entire way after two 3-pointers by Ashlee Turner gave the Bengals an early 6-0 bulge.
Halifax got as close as 13-9 after a bucket by Lakia Martin late in the first quarter.
Trailing 16-9 after one period, Halifax would get as close as 24-18 in the second quarter after a Janiyah Logan basket and 3-point bucket by Che’Lese Bowman, but Bassett recovered for a 29-19 lead at halftime.
Five Halifax turnovers in the opening minutes of the second half allowed the Bengals to surge to a 36-19 lead after a Andrea Venable 3-pointer, and the Comets trailed 47-26 with a quarter remaining.
The Bassett lead grew to 52-26 early in the fourth quarter before Logan drained a 3-pointer, but the Comets would get no closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
Nine Comets scored in the game, none in double figures, with Logan leading the way with seven points, followed by Che’Lese Bowman with six points and Bri’Ana Pierce, Martin and Ashley Hill with four points apiece.
Logan Holmes and Whitney White each added three points, and Aleara Edmondson and Brittani Boxley chipped in two points apiece.
Kaliya Barbour led Bassett with 14 points, while Venable added 11 points and Aymbir-Manns Massey, Simong Venable and Kelsey Wyatt each scored seven points.
Bassett’s defense never allowed the Comets to get into a good offensive rhythm as the game progressed, and Halifax turnovers and second-chance points for Bassett proved too much to overcome.
“They pressured us, but I thought we handled the pressure better tonight than what we have in the past,” Comets Head Coach Billy Lucas explained.
“I thought we improved in that area. A couple of times we messed up when we brought the ball up the side, which is what Bassett wanted.
“They were able to get the trap and get turnovers off it.
“When we got the ball in the middle, we were able to bring the ball up the court when we needed to.”
“We had turnovers, which led to some buckets for them, and they got second-chance shots, but the second half I thought we did a better job with that,” added Lucas, whose team is showing the effects of playing its third game in five days.
“Right now, its our third game in five days, and a lot of these girls have been sick, just about every one of them has, and there’s been something going through the team,” Lucas pointed out.
“Three games in five days and sickness, it wears on a team.”
“We’re tired, but the good thing is we have only two games next week,” Lucas added.
“We play Tuesday at Person, and Friday we have Martinsville at home.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to rest up this weekend and be in good position Tuesday when we go to Roxboro.”