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The Comets celebrate their win to seal a state tournament appearance Thursday at HCHS. / February 21, 2019
The Halifax County HIgh School boys basketball team has earned a berth to the Class 5 state tournament with an 88-82 win over North Stafford at home on Thursday night.

Halifax improved to 20-5. The Comets have reached the regional finals and will play at home Saturday night, against either Potomac or Patrick Henry-Roanoke.

Both regional finalists earn state tournament berths.

Halifax is now looking at a state tournament quarterfinals game Friday, on a neutral court.

Against North Stafford, Kendall Dixon scored 29 points and Michael Spraggins had 21, part of a balanced scoring night for the Comets. MyQuan Williams had 13 and Kevon Ferrell scored 12. Tyree Dunkley scored eight.

Commonwealth District player of the year Javon Swinton had 40 points, but North Stafford could not find an effective second scorer. North Stafford battled fiercely down the stretch in the final four minutes, but the Comets did enough to hold off the visitors.

Solid free throw shooting and Comet poise led the Halifax squad to do enough to repel North Stafford, which finished its season 13-12.

Halifax led 41-32 at halftime and 60-52 at the end of the third. The Comets held serve in the final period and now are headed to the state for the first time since a very strong Halifax squad went three years in a row in the mid-70s.

Halifax got key free throw shooting from Williams down the stretch and took care of the basketball. A second half 8-0 run by the Comets in the second half proved important, but the HCHS squad countered with key plays down the stretch.

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