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Lady Comets tossed from tournament

For the second straight year, the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team will not play in the Western Valley District Tournament, following a 57-35 loss at Patrick Henry High School on Thursday.

Thursday’s loss dropped the Comets to 0-7 in the district with one district game remaining, at home Friday against league-leading Franklin County High School in the Comets’ season finale.

A bad start doomed Halifax County against Patrick Henry (7-10, 2-3 WVD), with the Patriots racing to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter and never looking back.

Ashley Hill’s basket proved to be the only points her team would score in the first quarter.

“In the first quarter, we just couldn’t buy a bucket for some reason,” said Comets Head Coach Billy Lucas.

“We had a lot of good looks at the basket but just couldn’t get them to fall.

“PH, on the other hand, was able to knock down just about every shot they got on the offensive end.”

The Comets fought back to cut the deficit to 28-14 at halftime after a 12-point second quarter in which Che’Lese Bowman and Janiyah Logan both hit 3-point shots.

“In the second quarter, we were able to cut into the lead and get it to a manageable position for the second half,” Lucas noted.

The Patriots pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Comets 18-10 in the third quarter to take a 46-24 lead with a quarter remaining, essentially putting the game out of reach.

Hill scored two of her team-high 10 points in the third quarter, and she added a pair of buckets in the fourth period, while Alexia Tucker knocked down a 3-pointer.

Logan finished with eight points, Bowman six and Tucker five points for Halifax, while Sheraine Claughton added four points and Brittani Boxley two points.

Cienna Bryant scored 19 points for Patrick Henry, Jewel Parfitt scored 12 and Emily Atkinson added 10 points.

“Early in the third, we made a quick run at them but PH answered, and that allowed them to seal the game and go on for the win,” said Lucas. 

“In the end, PH was just able to hit the open looks that they got offensively, and we unfortunately were not able to knock down shots when it mattered.

“Overall, the girls played hard all night long even when things went bad, and they continued to fight through it.”

Now 7-12 overall, the Comets travel to Bassett High School on Wednesday before returning home for the Senior Night game against Franklin County on Friday to end the season.