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Comet girls come up short against Martinsville / January 06, 2020
The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team came up short in a tough road trip loss at Martinsville, 66-62, Friday.

Halifax got a solid, balanced scoring effort. Three players came up with double figure scoring, Ella Morrison and Dee Dee Jeffress with 20 points apiece and Lynia Reed had 12.

But Martinsville had too much offensive strength. The Lady Bulldogs had four players in double figures. Nakieyah Hairston led the way with 21 points, while Destiny Harris scored 15. Ciara Valentine scored 13 and Leighton Jamison had 10.

Halifax started well and led at halftime, 30-22. But the Lady Bulldogs rallied with two very strong quarters in the second half. Martinsville got 23 in the third period and 21 in the final quarter. The key surge came in the third, when Martinsville outscored Halifax, 23-10. The Comets came back and outscored Martinsville 22-21 in the final period, but it was not enough to overcome a third quarter drought.

Halifax had effective free throw shooting, as Morrison went eight for 13 and Jeffress was 10-for-13. Morrison also sank two triples on the way to her scoring total.

Halifax battled foul woes and that was a factor in the loss.

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