Comets

Halifax County High School’s Zach Carter (24) goes to the line after being hacked by a Tunstall defender on Dec. 10 in which the Comets lost with a final score of 69-53.

Four Comets scored in double digits propelling the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team to a slim one-point 64-63 victory over Park View High School on Monday.

Zach Carter had his best game of the season leading the Comets in scoring with 16 points, 14 of which came from inside the paint.

Osiris Ross — who has led the team in scoring over the last three contests — scored in double-digits once again with 15 points, nine of which came from behind the arc.

Nijay Ross and Kanya Caddle both scored their season highs — Ross with 13 points and Caddle with 12 points in the Comets victory.

The Comets got off to a slow start in the first quarter falling behind early. After Park View went on a 7-0 run to begin the game, Halifax was able to respond with a 5-0 run of their own. Carter led the Comets in scoring in the first quarter with five points, but Park View still held a 15-14 lead going into the second quarter.

The Comets caught fire in the second quarter scoring 20 points as Nijay hit two 3-pointers, Osiris hit one 3-pointer and attacked the paint for two more points, Caddle added four of his own points from inside the paint, Carter added three points and Mikyler Smalls scored his first points of the game from under the basket.

The Comets took a 34-28 lead going into halftime and knew this game would come down to who wanted it more.

Coming out of halftime it seemed as if the Comets had pumped the breaks on defense and Park View went on a scoring rampage adding 24 points in the third quarter alone to take a 52-47 lead over the Comets.

The Comets were only able to muster 13 points in the third quarter, seven of which came from Osiris.

After coming out slow to begin the second half, the Comets knew they would have to lock down on defense in order to win.

That was exactly what they were able to do as Park View could only add 11 points in the fourth compared to the Comets’ 17.

With the game close and the Comets desperately wanting their second win of the season, Carter appeared to take on Park View in the paint by himself scoring eight of the teams’ 17 points in the fourth.

However, the game came down to defense in the last 34 seconds with the score 64-63 in favor of Halifax.

Park View got three shot attempts in the last 34 seconds of the game but were unable to convert as the Comets’ defense pulled out the biggest win up to this point of the season.

Comets head coach Sterling Williams said a win is a win, it doesn’t matter where or how.

“We still have areas to improve on, we have to stop turning over the basketball and make sure to pick up a man on defense,” Williams concluded.

The varsity Comets will prepare for their sixth game of the season and will look to improve their 2-3 record on the season on Friday when they take on Person High School as the last game of a triple-header with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.