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Comets fade late in loss at GW

Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball Head Coach Billy Lucas had noted rebounding as a point of concern as his team entered the Western Valley District portion of its season.

That was one of the factors in the Comets’ losing their district opener 64-35 at GW on Wednesday, in addition to turnovers, according to Lucas.

Two Comets scored nine points, including Brittani Boxley and Ashley Hill, while Lakia Martin added six, Janiyah Logan five and Alexia Tucker and Che’Lese Bowman three points apiece.

Halifax County was 5-9 at the free throw line for the game.

The Comets trailed by only 8-6 entering the second quarter but took a 21-18 lead at halftime after Boxley and Martin scored six points each in the second quarter.

The Eagles rallied for a 38-30 lead after three quarters, and they outscored Halifax 26-5 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

“The girls played hard all night long,” said Lucas.  “In the end, GW was able to wear us down and in the fourth they made a big run that we just couldn’t answer.”

The effort was there if not the result, Lucas added.

“Overall, we fought hard all night long and the girls played with a lot of heart,” he said.

“We just had too many turnovers and did not box out as well as we should have.

“A lot of this happened in the fourth allowing GW to get a lot of second chance points.

“Overall I was very pleased with the girls and how they played all night long.”

Now 7-5 on the season, the Comets return to Comets Gym Friday for their district home opener against William Fleming.