Jaden Waller scored 16 points, Jhamad Lawson added 14, and the Halifax County High School varsity boy’s basketball team held Prince Edward High School to 11 points or less in all four quarters for a 67-32 win at Prince Edward County High School on Wednesday.
The win boosted the Comets’ record to 13-0, with defense a major factor in keeping the team’s record unblemished, head coach Sterling Williams pointed out.
“It’s always good to go on the road and get a win, especially in a good environment against a good team like Prince Edward,” said Williams.
“We came out of the gate shooting the ball well. We missed a couple of easy layups, but for the most part it was our defense that gave us a chance to win the basketball game.
“We held them to 11 points each quarter in the first half, and in the second half single digits, and when you can do that it always gives you a chance to win the basketball game.”
The Comets connected on five 3-pointers for the game, including 3-pointers from Waller, Keshawn Wells and Kevon Ferrell in the first quarter.
Wells scored nine points and Waller seven points to help give the Comets a 21-11 lead entering the second quarter, where Halifax County matched its scoring effort by again scoring 21 points to help it gain a 42-22 lead at halftime.
Kameron Roberts held the hot shooting hand in the second quarter, scoring all of his nine points, including a 3-pointer, and Halifax County continued to pull away after halftime, outscoring Prince Edward County 16-6 in the third quarter and 9-4 in the fourth quarter.
Wells hit the second of his two 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Adam Palmer, Amos Jones, Malik Mayo and Zach Carter added field goals in the final period for the Comets.
Nearing the midpoint of the season, Williams is getting an idea of where the Comets stand both on offense and defense.
“For us, it’s about the daily process, getting better and not being complacent but trying to improve upon our skills as individuals, our ball handling ability and shooting, to improve our ability as a team,” explained Williams.
Despite its undefeated record, there are always areas in which to improve, according to Williams.
“Our record shows we’re undefeated, but we’re still not playing our best and have some areas we can improve upon, not just the coaching staff but the players as well,” said Williams.
The Comets’ next game is at home on Friday against Magna Vista High School, and the Warriors promise to be a tough opponent, noted Williams.
“They have some guards who can really handle the ball and penetrate, and they put up a lot of 3’s. They can be out of a game and get right back in it pretty quick,” said Williams.
“We have to play sound defense, be there on the catch and have your hands up on the shooters and keep them out of the lane, and play our style of offense, moving the ball and finding open guys.”
Ten players scored for the Comets against Prince Edward High School.
Waller had 16 points, Lawson 14 points and Roberts and Davon Jennings finished just outside double figures, each with nine points, while Ferrell had five points, Jones four points, and Palmer, Mayo and Carter two points apiece.
Will Davis added a point at the free throw line for Halifax County, which was 4-13 at the charity stripe for the contest.