The Halifax County High School lady Comets basketball program is back in action for the 2021-22 season.

Tryouts began on Monday and continued throughout the week.

Head coach David Graham is looking forward to this year because the team was able to play only one game last season due to COVID-19.

“My expectation for this season is to hopefully be able to play a full season safely,” Graham said. “We’re happy to be able to play. Team wise we aren’t looking too bad. We will have six seniors this year giving us a lot of experience with several juniors coming in as well.”

He said the team has some work to do and must get back into playing shape and getting into game situations considering they haven’t had a full season in nearly two years.

“I’d like to use the first scrimmages and few games to improve,” said Graham.

The lady Comets had 24 athletes who showed up for tryouts, according to Graham.

“Hopefully we will be able to keep 13 or 14 girls on the varsity level and 10 to 12 on JV if possible,” he said.

“The team’s goals this season are finishing top two in the Piedmont District and if possible top two in the region, that should be what you’re trying to achieve,” said Graham.

Graham said his personal goal is to have his team improve each game, see weaknesses and what needs to be worked on.

“We’re looking at a couple years of the kids not playing, I just don’t know how they will react when seeing other players,” said Graham.

He wants the team to commit in order to be successful this season.

“The teams need a commitment to improve each night, come to practice, work hard and improve,” said Graham.

He added, “We will achieve our goals if we improve each and every day, we have very good talent this year and have the ability to accomplish our goals.”

The lady Comets will compete in their first scrimmage of the season on Nov. 18 at home and will take on Dan River High School with JV set to take the court at 5:30 and varsity tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

“By the end of the year if we commit and improve every day, we will be where we want to be at,” Graham concluded.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him