Halifax County High School Comets

Halifax County High School Comets basketball head coach Sterling Williams draws up a play for the Comets offense late in their game versus Tunstall High School on Dec. 10 in which they lost with a final score of 69-53.

The winter sports season has been anything but normal with games being postponed and rescheduled on a daily basis due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Comets boys basketball program is set to return to action on Tuesday as they prepare to take on Bassett County High School.

The boys basketball program has not competed in a game since Dec. 17 after being in COVID-19 protocols, but head coach Sterling Williams says he is eager to get the season back underway.

“It has been a crazy few weeks as we were in COVID-19 protocols until last week. It has been crazy for our athletes and for us as coaches because we like to know what’s coming next,” said Williams. “When things are predictable it’s easy to prepare for, it’s hard to prepare our athletes when you don’t know what’s coming as far as games getting postponed.”

Williams says they have just been working on getting the boys back into game shape.

“It is going to take some time to get the rust off. But this time off allowed us to get some rest and get our legs back under us,” said Williams.

“My expectations for us for the rest of the season are just for us to continue to get better and improve upon the six games we competed in before the break. I hope we are able to finish out the season. I expect the boys to just play hard and get better every day.”

The Comets boys still have players on the team that are in COVID-19 protocols, but according to Williams, they expect the entire team to be back together on Jan. 21.

“We have been working hard in practice on our offensive sets making sure guys are in the right places and on defensive rotations, but we have only had seven to eight guys that have been there. We haven’t had enough time together in the gym, but we will be ready to play each night,” Williams concluded.

The Comets boys basketball program will get the chance to knock their rust off this week as they will be competing in three games this week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Comet boys have a record of 2-4 and will look to improve that record starting on Tuesday.

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.