It’s probably a good thing the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team didn’t have a lot of time between games this week, and game memories can be short.
Halifax County High School faces arch-rival GW-Danville Friday night at 7 p.m. at Halifax County High School in what will be the team’s third game of the week, enabling the Comets to put the disappointment of Wednesday night in the rearview mirror.
The Comets’ season-long win streak was snapped at 14 games Wednesday night in a 56-49 loss to Appomattox County High School at Halifax County High School.
“It’s a slice of humble pie for us,” Comets head coach Sterling Williams remarked in the wake of the loss that came with the team playing without starters Jhamad Lawson and Keshawn Wells, both of whom have been sidelined this week with injury and illness.
“It (the loss) kind of reels us back in and gets us back to where we need to be as far as working hard and getting after it every day.”
Kameron Roberts, Kevon Ferrell and Jaden Waller reached double figures in the scoring column for the Comets, with the trio accounting for all but seven of the team’s 49 points. Roberts finished the night with a team-high 18 points, scoring nine points in each half. Ferrell scored 13 points that included a trio of 3-point buckets, and Waller followed with 11 points. Zach Carter scored four points and Davon Jennings scored three points.
Appomattox County High School and Halifax County High School traded the lead 16 times in the contest, with the Raiders taking the lead for the final time when Tevin Hurt scored with 7:10 left in the game to put the Raiders up 39-38.
A 3-pointer from Tyler Gilliam with 5:38 left gave the Raiders a four-point edge. The Raiders extended their lead to eight points at 51-43 with 1:12 left, and the closest the Comets were able to get down the stretch was four points.
Halifax County High School appeared to have things going its way when it put together a 7-3 run over the first three minutes of the second half with five points from Roberts and a basket from Waller. That run put the Comets up by six points at 30-24.
Appomattox County High School responded with eight unanswered points to regain the lead at 32-30 and put the game back into a see-saw mode. The Comets never regained the sort of traction they needed to gain a comfortable lead.
Halifax County High School had an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers in the game as compared to 10 for the Raiders.
“It was kind of an ugly game, and we turned the ball over way too much,” Williams pointed out.
“We’ve just got to play better. I didn’t think we played well. I didn’t think we played well Tuesday night (in the win over Park View High School) I felt kind of like this (a loss) was coming because we weren’t playing well. We were just winning the basketball game.
“It’s not about wins and losses,” Williams added.
“It’s about how you play. We didn’t play well, and a good team beat us. We didn’t play well Tuesday, but we were able to win. We were more athletic than Park View, Bassett, Patrick County, and some of those teams. Even in those 14 wins, there were games where we could have been a lot better.
“You can play badly and beat those teams,” continued Williams, “but when you’re playing against a good team that is older and senior-led you have to bring it every night.”
For Williams and the Comets, thoughts turn to Friday night’s key Piedmont District game in front of their home fans.
“We want to get a win in that one,” Williams said.
“They (GW) will be looking to try to get us back since we beat them up there.”
The Comets may continue to face some adversity on Friday against GW.
“We’re facing a little adversity playing without two starters this week in Jhamad and Keshawn,” noted Williams.
“We’re licking our wounds a little bit, trying to get guys back healthy. We’ve got to have some guys step up. When a guy goes down, the next one has to step up. That’s what we’re looking for from the guys on the bench – someone to step up. We’ve got to find those guys that are going to step up and give us good minutes until we can get these guys (Lawson and Wells) back.”