The Halifax County High School junior varsity boys basketball team survived a brief challenge in both the third and fourth quarters and pulled away to a 65-54 win over Park View High School Wednesday night at Park View High School in South Hill.

Wednesday night’s victory improved the Comets’ record to 2-0 heading into Friday night’s home contest against Person High School.

“The guys showed real resilience down the stretch, getting a couple of steals, hitting a couple of key shots and getting some key rebounds,” noted Comets Head Coach Hakeem Pettus.

“We had a few key turnovers, a lot of turnovers, but down the stretch they pulled it together,” Pettus added.

Nine Comets players scored in the game with Kevon Ferrell leading the team with 20 points. Ferrell scored half of his team’s 20 first-quarter points. Eighth-grader Osiris Ross came off of the bench to score 15 points, and point guard Zy’liek Perkins also hit double figures with 12 points.

Tucker Harris was next in line in scoring with seven points, all in the first half. Keyshawn Wells followed with four points, Ryan Corona had three points, and Devon Jennings, Jhamad Lawson and Jaden Waller all scored two points.

Pettus praised the effort of his players.

“Eighth-grader Osiris Ross came off of the bench and gave the guys some life,” Pettus pointed out.

“Zy’liek Perkins also had a good game at point guard. Kevon Ferrell got a lot of offensive rebounds and put the ball right back up for scores. Everybody that came into the game contributed well.”

Halifax County High School grabbed the lead early in the game and never relinquished it, holding off the Dragons in the face of some untimely turnovers that could have led to potential disaster.

The Dragons scored the first basket of the game, but the Comets answered with a 10-0 run kicked off by a basket from Harris deep in the paint to forge a 10-2 lead after the first three minutes of the game.

Park View High School took advantage of some Comets miscues and pulled to within a point with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the quarter. A basket from Ferrell and a free throw and a 3-point basket from Ross allowed the Comets to push their lead back to seven points.

Trailing 20-15 at the end of the first quarter, the Dragons scored the first basket of the second quarter to draw to within three points at 20-17. The Comets answered with another run, scoring nine unanswered points, the last of which came from Harris to extend their lead to 12 points at 29-17 with 4:55 left in the first half.

Halifax County High School led by as many as 13 points on two occasions before settling for a 36-25 lead at halftime.

Park View High School attempted to make a couple of runs in the second half, drawing to within eight points with just under two minutes left in the third quarter and getting to within eight points again with 4:45 left in the game. On both occasions, the Comets responded and pushed their lead back up to a more comfortable double-digit margin.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com