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One-game season for Comets

It will be a one-game season for the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team when it faces Franklin County High School tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Rocky Mount.

The Comets (8-12 overall, 0-7 district) and Franklin County High School (13-6 overall, 1-5 district) are locked into a battle for fourth place, the last berth in the four-team Western Valley District Tournament, and the outcome of tonight’s contest will determine whether or not the Comets will have a shot at post-season district tournament play.

Franklin County High School has the edge in the fourth-place battle because it has one district win, that win being a five-point win over the Comets here on Jan. 15.

For the Comets, the situation is this – a win over Franklin County High School tonight will gain them a tie for fourth place and force a subsequent playoff game against Franklin County High School to determine fourth place in the standings. If the Comets lose tonight, their season comes to an end.

Franklin County High School, however, has one more opportunity left after tonight’s game in which to pick up a win that would give the Eagles fourth place outright. 

The Eagles will face Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke Tuesday night in the final district game for both teams. If Franklin County High School loses to the Comets tonight, the Eagles could lock up fourth place with a win over Patrick Henry High School on Tuesday.

Halifax County High School enters tonight’s game with a measure of momentum thanks to a win over Bassett High School here Monday night in the annual Senior Night game.

“I was happy for our seniors, happy they were able to win their last regular-season game here,” remarked Comets Head Coach Larry Epperly.

“Last year they were not able to do that. The win over Bassett is a positive that we can have to carry some momentum into Franklin County.

“Every time you win you gain a little confidence,” he added.

“The guys get happy and feel a little better about themselves.”