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Dee Dee Jeffress goes strong to the basket against Bassett Tuesday. (David Conner II photo) / January 10, 2019
The Halifax County High School varsity girls’ basketball team evened its season record at 7-7 with a win over Bassett Tuesday.

Halifax had fallen a night earlier against Park View, but the Comets improved to 3-3 in the Piedmont District with the win over the Bengals.

Halifax rolled to a 44-25 win. Halifax had a 17-4 surge in the first period and rolled from there.

Halifax had double figure scoring in three of four periods, including 12 in the third and ten in the final stanza.

“Back-to-back games are tough but our girls came out with lots of energy and took an early lead in the game. We were led by Dee Dee Jefferies with 23 points followed by Ella Morrison with six. We played excellent man-to-man defense and rebounded well,” said coach David Graham.

The Comet girls fell to Park View Monday 61-57 in South Hill.

“These are two evenly matched teams and they [the Dragons] got the better of it tonight,” said Halifax Graham.

Park View moved out to an early lead as Nakkia Shabenas nailed two quick treys inside the first three minutes to put her team up 6-0. Tyonne Montague, working hard inside, added five points in the first quarter and Teonia Watts chipped in two to give Park View a 13-7 lead at the end of the stanza.

Things started out a little better for Halifax in the second period as they were able to pull to within 15-11 before a turnover at the 4:14 mark sapped their momentum. Park View spurted out to a 21-11 lead.

Ella Morrison nailed two of her seven treys at the 3:40 and 2:54 mark to again narrow the Park View lead to four, 21-17. Park View’s Mikya Harrison answered with a trey at the two minute mark to extend the lead out to seven. After a two more points for each team, the half ended with Park View ahead 26-19.

In the second half, the Comets were pressing at every opportunity and contesting every inbounds play, pulling even at 33-all at the 2:15 mark of the third

Park View settled down and a two-pointer by Nieya Hawkins at the buzzer, gave Park View a 41-38 lead into the fourth period.

Hawkins, who had been relatively quiet up until the fourth quarter, came alive in the final frame, scoring 10 of her 16 points in the final stanza.

Halifax got another trey from Morrison at 4:42 and a trey from Lynia Reed inside a minute and a half, Park View’s lead was just four points when the final buzzer sounded.

“We knew we were evenly matched and they [the Dragons] got us inside (N. Hawkins) played very well and it seemed like we couldn’t stop her. But we made a good effort and if you were a fan it was a good game to watch,” Graham said.

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