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Comets prove cynics wrong

There might have been some cynics wondering about the direction of the Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team before last winter.





Lady Comets mine track gold / February 13, 2013
The Halifax County High School girls indoor track team also had a memorable trophy to add to the Comet cases in the lobby at the high school.

Like, the last time the Western Valley trophy will be presented.

The Comets figured to be in the top two in last weekend’s district championships in Lynchburg. They used depth and good strategy to pick up points wherever they could find them, coach Mary Douglas said.

“It is definitely an accomplishment,” Douglas said. “Not that we hadn’t done it before, but it’s been a long time since we’ve (taken the indoor title).

“The girls really came together this season. We worked a little bit harder. Everybody’s working to improve. We got motivated at district time.”

Douglas expected a strong result heading into the WVD meet. “I thought it’d probably be us or William Fleming.”

The Comets minted the title hardware, aided by versatility throughout the lineup.

“We had a couple of girls who stepped up and ran the two mile and helped us at the end there (Taiesha Logan and Lashawn Johnson). They picked up ten points that really helped us out.

“I knew there were not a lot of kids in the event. Track, like any other sport, is strategy,” Douglas said.

She noted the 4x200 relay team had a good time. “It wasn’t as good as we wanted, because we’re still trying to qualify for state. But they essentially ran it by themselves, because they were so far ahead of the other teams. They didn’t have anybody to push them.”

The 55 meter girls, the 300 meter girls... (the team as a whole) came through when we needed them,” Douglas said.

She had extra depth in some events, and those extra points proved valuable.

So far, the Comets had no performers qualified for the state tournament.

“We do not have anybody right now. Hoping our 4x2 relay team will do it in this meet. Even if we’re not in the top three, we can still run the qualifying time and make it to state,” she said.

The Comet girls were involved in regional action Wednesday at Landover, Md.

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