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Michael Spraggins gets the block in the first half of the state quarterfinal game against Freedom South Riding. (David Conner II photo) / March 01, 2019
The Halifax County High School boys' varsity basketball season has come to an end, as Freedom-South Riding eliminated HCHS Friday night in Danville, 59-48.

Halifax finished 21-6.

The Eagles won this state Class 5 quarterfinal with more aggressive defense and enhanced intensity in the second half.

Halifax had a heck of a season, winning the Region 5D title and advancing to the state tournament for the first time since 1975.

Michael Spraggins had 15 points, but went scoreless in the final period after he rolled his ankle in the second half.

Kendall Dixon had 13.

The Comets led at halftime, 30-27, but unraveled in the second half.

Freedom had used zone some in the first half, but the Eagles stepped up their defensive intensity with a more effective zone in the third period.

Freedom also shook off its sluggish start and created more intensity.

Freedom quickly gained the lead, 35-34, and steadily improved its game.

The Eagles went on a critical 18-4 run and led, 53-38, with five minutes left in the contest.

Spraggins had limped off late in the third, and Freedom had too many answers in the final period.

Freedom eventually finished with five treys and 12-for-21 free throw shooting. The Eagles had three players in double figures, led by Angelo Easter with 13 points.

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Great job Comets! We are proud of you ! Dont be discouraged you did a fantastic job. Hold your heads high.

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