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Comet girls rout Person County

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Lady Comet Ashley Hill drives the lane against a Person defender. (Blakely Swanson photo)
SoVaNow.com / December 03, 2012
Billy Lucas and the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team are riding an early season momentum surge.

The Comets improved to 2-0 on the season with a strong performance at home Friday, downing Person County, 49-20.

Halifax got scoring contributions from seven players, led by 16 points from Alexia Tucker. Logan Holmes added 13 points. Sheraine Claughton had seven and Lakia Martin added five points.

Halifax seized the advantage early, outscoring the Rocket girls 15-6 in the first period.

Tucker connected on a three-pointer and finished the period with seven points. Claughton also connected from the bonusphere, and Holmes had five points.

Halifax had an even better second period, scoring 17 points. The Comets led 32-10 at the half, completing shutting down Person’s offense.

Martin sank two field goals in the period and Tucker continued to play well, scoring seven points in the period. She connected on her second 3-pointer of the night in the second period.

Che’lese Bowman also hit her lone 3-pointer in the second.

HCHS kept the motor running in full gear in the third, and sailed to the easy non-conference win.

Halifax did a fine job defensively, limiting Person to single figure scoring in each of the four quarters. Person had just seven field goals overall and only one 3-pointer. Person scored just five points in the final period.

HCHS does need to improve on its free throw shooting. The Comets connected on just five of 20 attempts from the foul line.

“The girls played extremely hard against Person. They worked all night long on defense, which led to a lot of turnovers and easy points on the other end,” Lucas said.

“We moved the ball well on offense when we were in our half court sets and were able to get good shots that we were able to knock down. The girls did an excellent job and I was very proud of them for their effort,” Lucas said.

Jayvee girls sail past Rockets

The Halifax County High School jayvee girls’ basketball team sailed to a 32-16 win over its border rival, Person County, on Friday at home.

Person went scoreless in the first period, as the Comets immediately created a working lead. The Comets led 7-0 at the end of the first period and 12-7 at the half.

HCHS pulled away in the second half, particularly on the strength of a 14-point final quarter.

Ghanija Gooden led the Comets with 13 points, connecting on a pair of 3-pointer in the fourth. Timonee McCargo had eight points, including six in the fourth quarter.

Rikissa Johnson added five in the game, and Mercedese Hairston had three. Halifax had an inconsistent night at the foul line, connecting on just five-of-17.








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