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Dee Dee Jeffress battles for the ball in Tuesday’s HCHS varsity girls basketball game against Magna Vista. / February 13, 2020

The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night Tuesday in their final game of the regular season but the celebration would be limited as the locals fell to the Magna Vista Warriors 49-38.

Seniors recognized were Dee Dee Jeffress, Kayla Townes, Lauryn Easley, Amaya Mitchell, Dezheona Mitchell and Grace Langford.

Though the Comets suffered the loss it wasn’t as if the girls didn’t put up a battle. At the end of the third period Halifax was only down three, 35-32.

Jeffress paced the Comets with 16. MV’s Ja’Liah Wilson with 17 points led all players.

Halifax had a decent first period on offense posting nine points. The Warriors came out strong in the frame hitting 17.

The Comets left three points on the floor after shooting one-of-four from the foul line in the frame. On the whole, Halifax had a solid night at the line going eight-of-10 the remainder of the game.

The Comets picked up its offense in the second, dropping the frame by only one point at 14-13. The Comets were down 31-22 at halftime.

DeMeshia Canada led the Comets in the first half with seven points, 11 on the game; Jeffress chipped in six. Ta’Nisha Hairston, who scored 15 points on the night for MV paced her team with 13 first-half points.

Halifax came out in the third period playing determined, posting 10 points while holding MV to four points.

Jeffress with six points and Canada with four were the only Comets to knock down points in the period.

Trailing by three at the top of the final period, Halifax was positioned to take the win. But MV would have other plans.

The visiting Warriors rattled of 14 final-period points while limiting Halifax to six. The low production fourth would seal Halifax’s fate for the 49-38 Comets’ loss. Jeffress had 10 second-half points.

With the loss the Comets completed their regular season at 16-5-1, 7-4-1 Piedmont District. The record has the Comets in the Top-four of the PD’s rankings as they prepare for the district and Region-D tournament action.

Halifax: E. Morrison 6, S. Hankins 2, D. Canada 11, D. Jeffress 16, T. Marable 1, D. Mitchell 2.

MV: M. Hairston 8, C. Hilliard 9, T. Hairston 15, J. Wilson 17.

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