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Comets see positives in first scrimmage

Pre-season scrimmages are designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in teams prior to the regular season, and Wayne Murray, first-year head coach for the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team saw both Friday in the Comets’ scrimmage at home against Bluestone High School.

Halifax County outscored Bluestone in three of four quarters, by a 14-7 margin in the first quarter and a 15-5 margin in the second quarter.

Bluestone made some adjustments at halftime and outscored Halifax County 11-9 in the third quarter, and the Comets outscored the Barons 9-5 in the final period.

“That’s what scrimmages are for, to find out who’s nervous, who’s ready to play,” said Murray.

“I found out some good things tonight, and I also found out some things we need to work on.

“Some of the girls who weren’t part of our starting five stepped up, including Kye-Neisha Logan (6 points).

“She stepped up and showed me some things she hadn’t shown me in practice, and she’s getting more comfortable, and I saw (Kaylen) Palmer get a big rebound.

“That’s the whole point of this, to get the girls more comfortable.”

Alexia Tucker connected on a pair of 3-pointers and led the Comets with 10 points, and Lakia Martin and Brittani Boxley each finished with eight points, while Kye-Neisha Logan had six, Janiyah Logan four, Ashley Hill three and Asia Carter two points.

First-year varsity player Laniqua Farmer added a point for Halifax County, which was 5-11 at the foul line during the scrimmage.

Murray said he liked some things he saw defensively from the Comets, especially in the first quarter, but he is still looking for the team to establish a presence inside both offensively and defensively.

“We don’t have the height, but we have the speed, and we have to work in practice with the girls on how to offensively get themselves wide to establish position and score on a bigger girl,” explained Murray.

“We have to learn to defend a bigger girl.  The new girl (Laniqua Farmer) did a good job pushing a bigger girl away from the basket, but she also picked up a couple of fouls.

“I have to get some of the other girls to be more physical defensively and play through stuff offensively when things aren’t going their way.”

Murray’s objective was to win all four quarters, and he liked the way his team rallied from a 9-2 deficit to within 11-9 at the end of the third quarter.

“The third quarter they (Bluestone) made the halftime adjustments and made the plays, but we fought back and had the ball with a chance to tie,” said Murray.

Murray is still trying to get another ball handler in the mix.

“We need to get a rotation down,” he said.  We have two girls who can handle the ball well, and one of them needs to be on the floor at all times.

“That’s something we need to work on, get somebody with a little more confidence with the ball.

“Monday, we’ll work on what we need to improve on. 

“The hustle was there, but we missed a whole bunch of layups.  We got good shots, but we just have to finish them and put them in the basket.”