It took the Halifax County High School junior varsity boys basketball a little time to get going in Friday night’s game against Magna Vista High School at Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway.

Once the Comets got going though, they didn’t stop.

After losing the lead in the first minute and a half of the game, the Comets made two big first-half rallies and handily topped the Warriors 47-34.

Friday night’s win was the fourth in a row for the Comets, who improved their record to 13-2 overall and 9-1 against Piedmont District teams.

Nine players scored for the Comets, with Kevon Ferrell leading the Comets with 11 points, Zy’liek Perkins followed with nine points and Keyshawn Wells added eight points. Amir Spencer scored five points. Jalen Lawson, Osiris Ross, Devon Jennings and Tucker Harris all scored three points each. Nasir Word scored two points.

The Comets took the early lead, but lost it and trailed 5-4 after the first minute-and-a-half of action. Then, the Comets’ offense and defense came alive.

Spurred by some stifling defensive play, the Comets rang up 11 straight points, seven coming from Ferrell, and ran away to a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

An 8-0 run by the Comets in the first three minutes of the second half allowed them to extend their lead to 25-7 with four minutes left in the first half. It was all Halifax County High School down the stretch of the first half, with the Comets taking a 33-13 lead at halftime.

The Comets extended their lead to as many as 23 points in the third quarter, which ended with the Comets leading 44-23.

Playing against Comets reserves, Magna Vista High School held the Comets scoreless for the first three minutes and 12 seconds of the fourth quarter. It didn’t matter, however, as the Comets were able to close out the game with a 13-point margin.

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