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Dee Dee Jeffress battles two Bluestone varsity defenders for the ball during Thursday’s preseason scrimmage. Above, Members of the HCHS varsity girls basketball team are, from left, first row, manager Shakira Townes, Selina Socher, Nichole Gillard, Tamiara Logan, Jasmyne Brown and manager Mia Womack. Second row, assistant coach Sam Edmonds, Akirra Spencer, Brittany Clark, Desheona Mitchell, Jalisa Brooks, Demeisha Canada, Dee Dee Jeffress and coach David Graham. / November 27, 2017

The Comet varsity girls basketball team begins a new season tonight at Prince Edward County High School, and coach David Graham has reason for optimism.

Halifax County High School recently performed well in a preseason scrimmage against Bluestone in South Boston.

Graham said Thursday’s scrimmage went well. Graham saw some very good elements as the Comets prepare for the season, along with some issues to work on in practice.

Graham has a solid combination of experienced players and newcomers, and he awaits this challenge.

Halifax will depend on four seniors to provide a spark for the younger players.

“Leading the way will be Brittany Clark, our point guard. She will have the job of directing the team on the floor. Nicole Gillard will be a wing player and asked to put points on the board and help with rebounding and defense. Tamiara Logan will be back, bringing her shooting ability and defense to the team. Akirra Spencer will be needed for rebounding and defense inside,” said Graham.

Freshman Demeisha Canada has been a surprise.

“Her energy on the floor and her inside ability will benefit the team greatly. Also helping inside will be sophomore Daisy Mitchell. She will help on rebounding and offense in the paint. Another sophomore, Dee Dee Jeffress, will be back, bringing driving and shooting skills for the team,” said Graham.

“Rounding out our top ten will be Jalisa Brooks, Jasmyne Brown, and Selina Socher. Each will help the team with controlling the ball on defense and offense,” said Graham.

Halifax travels to Prince Edward County tonight for the season opener, followed by another road test with Person County Friday. The Comets’ first game at home is the return date with Prince Edward Dec. 7.

Graham said it will take time for the squad to jell.

“Once we do, I think we will be very competitive in our district and our region,” said Graham.

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