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Miscues cost Comets in loss to GW

It’s hard to win a basketball game when you commit 30 turnovers, harder still when the shots you get don’t fall, and those are two big reasons why the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team fell to 0-5 in the Western Valley District with a 66-35 loss at home to GW Danville on Saturday.

The Comets (7-10 overall) stayed close early, pulling to within 14-10 with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter before the Eagles ended the period with six straight points.

GW had a 27-10 lead early in the second quarter, but the Comets rallied with a Che’Lese Bowman 3-pointer with little more than two minutes remaining before halftime pulling her team to within 33-22.

That was as close as the Comets would come, with GW going on a 10-1 run for a 43-23 lead at halftime, and Halifax could only get as close as 18 points the rest of the way.

GW led 51-29 after three quarters and coasted home to the win, committing less than half as many turnovers (14) as Halifax and turning virtually each Comet miscue into points.

Alexia Tucker scored 13 points to lead the Comets, Bowman added six on two 3-pointers, and Ashley Hill had five points, while Lakia Martin and Brittani Boxley had four points apiece.

Janiyah Logan added three points for Halifax, which was 3-19 from behind the arc. 

Khadijah Wilson led GW with 19 points, 15 coming in the first half where the Eagles were 6-12 from behind the arc, with Wilson hitting three treys.

Anissa Linder scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half, and Laprecious England added nine points.

“I thought we played real well, I thought we played in spurts a little bit, but Halifax is a good team that shoots the ball really well,” said GW Head Coach Wayne Shelton.

“You never know, when that thing starts going in they’re dangerous.

“I was really pleased with our effort, and a lot of our offense came out of our defense.

“I was real pleased with our defensive effort, to give up 35 points to a very good shooting Halifax team says a lot about our kids, defensively.”

“We’re 3-2 in the district, we lost at (William) Fleming, and we lost at Franklin County,” added Shelton.

“We’re playing as well as we’ve played all year right now.  We’re very unselfish on offense, we’re making the extra passes, getting easier shots and our defensive intensity has grown and gotten better each game.

“I’m really pleased with where we are, but of course we want to continue to get better as we get through the district and regionals.”

Halifax County is searching for a solution to the turnover issue, which has plagued them in several losses this season, and that’s something it can fix, according to Head Coach Billy Lucas.

Some of the shots his team normally makes did not fall, and that put extra pressure on the Comets to catch up to GW, resulting in even more turnovers, he added.

“I was talking to the girls at halftime, and I told them the score could be a lot closer.

“Turnovers are one thing we can typically control, and we have to do a better job of that in the future.”

“The girls played hard, and they worked hard all night long, and I was proud of them for that,” added Lucas.

“We just have to protect the ball a little more, and I think some of those turnovers came in the second half when we were trying to get the ball down court quick to score.

“We had great looks in both halves, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way,” noted Lucas.

“You’re pushing it, you’re pressing because you’re behind, and it’s just the nature of the game.”