Tryouts Monday — and continuing this week — kicked off a new season for the Halifax County High School boys basketball team.

The Comets had around 32 athletes who participated in tryouts and expect more with the conclusion of the football season.

“We have got a lot of guys who are in the football program so our numbers were low,” said head coach Sterling Williams.

He added, “My expectations are for us to get better every day, learn each other, learn the system and build on our relationships”

The varsity Comets only played six games last season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. The jayvee Comets did not even have a season.

“We graduated eight kids last year who dominated a lot of the playing time, kids who are coming up from JV never got a season,” Williams said. “They are pretty much coming from middle school basketball to play on our varsity program. There will be a learning curve for the first few games to figure out the speed of the game.”

Even with the loss of eight players, Williams said fans can expect a team that will compete from start to finish.

“We will compete and get after it on the defensive end, this program has hung its heart on defense since I took over and that’ll give us a chance to win every night,” Williams said. “On a night that the shots aren’t falling you can always contribute and impact a game on the defensive end, and we will focus on that.”

The Comets may have to start their season without some of their players who are still competing in the football program at HCHS with their first scrimmage scheduled for Nov. 18.

The Comets are scheduled to take on Dan River at Dan River High School on Nov. 18 with tip off for the JV team at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the varsity team.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him