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Comets looking to get back on track

After a pair of lackluster performances that included a loss to Park View High School in the championship game of the Halifax County High School Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament, the Halifax County High School boys basketball team is looking to get back on track tonight in its Western Valley District opener.

Halifax County High School will host arch-rival GW tonight at 7:30 p.m., kicking off a month-long 11-game stretch run that will include the team’s eight Western Valley District contests.

The Comets (6-5 overall) had built up some momentum heading toward tonight’s district opener with four straight wins, but had the wind taken out of their sails with a lackluster showing in an easy 65-45 win over Bluestone on Thursday and a bad outing in a 75-62 loss to Park View Friday night in the Holiday Classic title game.

“The whole key to the tournament (the Holiday Classic) was preparation for district play,”
explained Comets Head Coach Larry Epperly.

“We wanted to play well to build momentum. That has been set back. There is no question about that.”

The final five non-district games concluding with the pair of games in the Holiday Classic were important games in terms of the Comets’ preparation for Western Valley District play.

“Those non-district games are important because the district is so good this year,” Epperly pointed out.

“GW and Patrick Henry have not lost a game. William Fleming has two losses and Franklin County has one loss. We have five losses. We’re looking at some tough competition down the road.”

Epperly and the Comets went right back to work after the Holiday Classic, getting in practices Saturday and Monday to tune up for tonight’s game against GW.

“Believe it or not, we’re halfway through our season and we still have some adjustments that we’ve got to make,” Epperly said.

“We still don’t have it all figured out. We learned some things, and we’ve got to keep plugging. That’s all we can do.”

Tonight’s game is an important one for the Comets as they look to get off to a good start in Western Valley District play. While it is a big game, Epperly says this game is no bigger than any other. 

“I’m not putting any more emphasis on this game than I do any other,” he pointed out.

“It’s a home game, and we’re going to try our best to play well. I’ve learned you’ve got to move on to the next game, that you can’t fret about any loss. We’ll try to learn from this one (the loss to Park View High School), try to get better and see if we can do something Wednesday against GW.”