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DeMeisha Canada, left, and Dezheona Mitchell stretch for the rebound in the first quarter against Magna Vista Wednesday night. (David Conner II photo) / January 21, 2019
The Halifax County High School varsity girls’ basketball team lost to Magna Vista at home Wednesday, 49-46.

Halifax got three players in double figures. DeMeisha Canada scored 14 points, while Ella Morrison and Dee Dee Jeffress had 10 each. Talitha Marable scored eight.

Magna Vista got 18 points from Tanasha Hairston and 12 from Kayla Cabiness.

Magna Vista trailed by seven, 37-30, at the end of the third period. But the Warriors went on a 19-9 tear in the final period to secure the win.

Cabiness stepped up in the final period, scoring ten points. Hairston also had five points in the final period.

Halifax had played reasonably well before the final period, scoring 12 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second and 10 in the third.

Daisy Mitchell had four points in the second period, her only scoring on the night. Jeffress, Marable and Canada also scored in the second period for the Comets.

Coach David Graham said, “We had a seven point lead going into the fourth quarter and let it slip away.”

Halifax fell to 8-9.

“We played really well. We were leading at halftime by five.

“They just outplayed us in the fourth quarter,” said Graham, who said the Comets got rattled by the Magna Vista press in the final stanza.

Halifax had a two-point lead late with a minute left, but Magna Vista hit a 3-pointer, with Cabiness delivering the dagger.

Halifax could not convert on a late shot.

“We had (Cabiness) guarded. She just hit a really good shot,” said the Comet coach.

Now, the Comets travel to GW-Danville for a 5:30 p.m. game in Danville.

This is a big game for the Comets, who are trying to get a home game for the playoffs.

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