The Halifax County High School junior varsity boys basketball team’s early-season win streak has been snapped.

A tough third quarter proved to be too much for the Comets to overcome in a 41-38 loss to GW Friday night in Danville.

Dakii Chandler led the Comets in scoring with eight points, six of which he tallied in the fourth quarter. KaNyle Canada, Mykyler Smalls and Keyquan Newton followed with six points each. Semaj Jeffreys and John Loudon both scored five points, and Qualik Tucker chipped in two points.

Halifax County High School led 25-24 at halftime but could manage to score only one point in the third quarter. That allowed GW to surge to a 34-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Comets battled back, putting together a 10-2 run over the first 4:48 of the fourth quarter. Jeffreys opened with a 3-pointer, and Loudon followed with a layup off of a steal to get the Comets to within three points at 34-31 with 4:02 left in the game.

After GW scored to move its lead back to five points, the Comets got a free throw from Loudon and back-to-back baskets from Chandler, the second one after a steal, to tie the game at 36-36 with 2:12 left in the contest.

As hard as Halifax County High School battled, it managed to score only one more basket the rest of the game, a layup from Chandler with 3.3 seconds remaining that cut what had been a five-point GW lead down to the final three-point margin at 41-38.

GW had the edge at the free throw line, going 10-20, while the Comets were 5-11 at the charity stripe.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at