Things didn’t go quite as well as Halifax County High School head varsity boys basketball coach Sterling Williams would have liked early in Friday night’s road game against Bassett High School.
That changed quickly in the second quarter when the Comets’ pressure defense kicked in with full force.
Holding the Bengals to one point in the second quarter, the Comets outscored the Bengals 23-1 to jump out to a 35-15 halftime lead, and cruised to a 66-37 win at Bassett High School. Friday night’s win improved the Comets’ record to 11-0 overall and to 4-0 in Piedmont District play.
The Comets had eight players to score in the game, with four of them reaching double figures. Kameron Roberts led the Comets in scoring with 16 points. Jaden Waller followed with 13 points, nine of which he scored in the third quarter. Kevon Ferrell scored 12 points, all in the first half, and Jhamad Lawson chipped in 10 points.
Keshawn Wells scored nine points, five of them coming in the third quarter. Zach Carter, Jalen Lawson and Amos Jones scored two points each.
The Comets were slow getting out of the gate, Williams said, but quickly got things going in the second quarter.
“We came out a little flat, and Bassett took the lead on us at 14-12 at the end of the first quarter,” Williams explained.
“In the first quarter, we were giving up some straight line drives. Bassett was shooting layups. We made an adjustment with our press in the second quarter, and were able to keep them (Bassett High School) out of the middle.
“We were able to get some (defensive) stops, force them into making some bad passes, not necessarily steals, just throwing the ball out of bounds and creating turnovers,” he added.
“We were able to get out in transition and get some easy layups.”
Williams noted the solid defensive play allowed his team to get into its offense.
“We were able to execute our stuff offensively,” said the Comets’ coach.
“We settled down, didn’t take quick shots. We moved the ball well against the zone defense in the first half, got some good team shots and were able to knock them down.”
The Comets knocked down a trio of 3-point shots in the first half, with Ferrell connecting twice and Roberts sinking one. Roberts hit another in the third quarter.
Halifax County High School continued its good play into the second half as Bassett High School attempted to defend the Comets with a man-to-man defense.
“We let our man-to-man offense work for us,” Williams pointed out, “and we started shooting layups. That’s what we want. We want teams to play us man-to-man. We’re also playing really well against the zone defense right now.”
The Comets’ defense was so solid that not only did they hold Bassett High School to a single point in the second quarter, they only allowed seven points in the fourth quarter.
The Comets were 8-11 at the charity stripe, while Bassett High School was 4-5 at the free throw line.