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Comets improve to 2-1 with win

Four consecutive goals in the second half allowed the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team to win its second game of the season Wednesday with a 6-2 win over Martinsville High School at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.

Lucy Morrison gave the Comets a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game on a breakaway, and Allison Moschler pounced on a deflected shot in front of the Bulldogs goal 31 minutes later to give her team a two-goal advantage.

The Bulldogs struck barely two minutes later to make it 2-1 at halftime, and they scored again two minutes into the second half on a breakaway to tie the game at 2-2.

The game turned on a red flag at the 15-minute mark of the second half, according to Comets Head Coach Sid Young.

“A Martinsville player slapped the ball away from the goal with her hand, and that’s a red card,” he explained, with the Bulldogs competing down a player for the rest of the game.

Halifax took advantage to score the final four goals of the game and would have had more if not for several saves by the Bulldogs’ keeper, Young noted.

It all began with Camey Reese’s penalty kick after the red card to make it 3-2, with Gabby Nelson scoring at the 18-minute mark, Tylisia Crews scoring at the 23-minute mark and Nelson scoring again at the 34-minute mark of the second half to complete the scoring.

Halifax finished with 18 shots on goal compared to eight for Martinsville, and Halifax keeper Sabrina Amos recorded six saves, compared to nine for the Martinsville keeper.

Halifax County led in corner kicks 5-1, and Martinsville led in direct kicks 7-3.

“It was a pretty physical game.  Martinsville does some things well, and their keeper kept them in the game with several excellent saves,” said Young.

Young cited a number of Comets for good games Wednesday, including Chris Bradshaw and Gabby Medley, who put constant pressure on offensive runs down the flanks of the Bulldog defense.

“Emma Worsley, Amanda Webb and Hannah Glass did a good job at the wings, and Nelson had a good game at midfield,” said Young.

“Logan Holmes did a good job on defense and also came forward on a number of good runs, and Mary Popek and Allison Moschler did well at midfield.”

Reese and Morrison anchored the defense as did Glass, Tumia Marable and Jordan Lane, Young added.

Except for a pair of defensive letdowns on breakaways that led to both Martinsville goals, the Comets played well, Young noted.

“Martinsville had a couple of very fast players, and we didn’t cover very well,” he explained.

“Overall, it was a good win, and we played well despite the cold weather.”