- Last Updated on 08:25 AM 01/29/13
- BY Joe Chandler
It was Senior Night, but the night belonged to a pair of underclassmen as Halifax County High School downed Bassett High School 75-64 Monday night at Halifax County High School.
Sophomore Tavion Petty scored a game-high 29 points, and junior James Burden had his season-best effort with 16 points as the Comets snapped a four-game losing streak with the win in the non-district contest.
“It really didn’t feel like it was that good,” Petty said of his big offensive night that produced 16 points in the first half.
“I was just hitting a bunch of open shots.”
When Petty cooled off, Burden got hot in the second half.
Burden burned Bassett with one easy inside back-door cut basket after another, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the second half, with four of his five second-half baskets coming in the third quarter.
“Tavion was getting me the ball, and just about every time I got it I scored,” Burden said.
“I was open and he (Petty) gave me the ball when I needed it. Tavion did what he did, and I did what I did and I’m happy.”
Petty said Burden told him at halftime to feed him the ball in the post.
“He said to feed him in the post,” Petty explained, “and I started looking for the post more in the second half. I kept feeding James, and he kept finishing it. He had a good night.”
Halifax County High School Head Coach Larry Epperly said he was glad to see Burden have a good game.
“We got some ball reversal,” Epperly said, “and every time we reversed it, we threw it into the post and he (Burden) was open in the post. For one thing, I was happy to see us throw it in there, and for another, I was happy to see him score. Between he and Tavion, we had some offensive punch.”
Monday night’s win was a good one for the Comets, who now will face Franklin County High School Friday night in Rocky Mount in what will be a “must win” game for the Comets who are battling Franklin County High School for fourth place and the final berth in the Western Valley District Tournament.
“It’s a good win,” Epperly said of the victory over Bassett High School.
“We needed to win. I was happy our seniors were able to win their last game here, and it’s a positive that we could win and carry some momentum into Friday’s game against Franklin County. All of those things are really, really good.”
The game was a close one at the outset, with the lead swapping hands seven times in the first half.
Halifax County High School took the lead for good when Burden hit a basket with 2:25 left in the first half to kick off a 7-0 Comets run that included two baskets by Petty, one of them a three-pointer, to give the Comets a 28-21 lead with 1:36 left in the first half.
Bassett scored back-to-back baskets with a 3-pointer from Da’Shaun Valentine and a basket by Devontae Wimbush off of an offensive rebound to pull to within two points at 30-28 with 19 seconds left in the half. Petty hit a quick six-footer with two tenths of a second left on the clock to put Halifax up 32-28 at the half.
The Comets kept a steady margin of between four and eight points through the first half of the third quarter. Halifax County led 42-36 after a basket by Wimbush with 3:36 left in the third quarter and padded its lead with a 7-2 run capped by a basket from senior Dakota Delaware to go up 49-38 with 2:23 left in the third quarter.
Halifax County High School led 53-40 at the end of the third quarter and gradually increased its lead in the first half of the fourth quarter. A 9-3 Comets run capped by a 3-pointer by Petty with 4:25 left in the game put Halifax County High School up 62-43.
Bassett High School kept trying to fight back, and got to within 10 points on a 3-pointer from Valentine with 41.8 seconds left in the contest. That was as close as Bassett got the rest of the way.
Eight Comets players got into the scoring column, with Keyshawn Johnson following Petty and Burden with nine points and Delaware chipping in eight points in his final career regular-season home game for the Comets.
Comets seniors T.J. Brooks and Evin Morrison scored four points and three points respectively.
Wimbush led Bassett High School with 22 points, 15 of which he scored in the first three quarters of the game. Valentine chipped in 17 points, with 10 of his points coming in the second half.
Bassett 10 18 12 24-64
Halifax 12 20 21 22-75