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Comet girls showing improvement as season closes, pick up two wins

SoVaNow.com / February 04, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity girls’ hoops has shown considerable improvement this season, and the Comets picked up two late season district wins last week.

On Friday, Halifax defeated Bassett, 49-27, on the road.

Dee Dee Jeffress led the Comets with 13 points, while Ella Morrison scored nine and Daisy Mitchell scored eight.

DeMeisha Canada had seven and Kayla Townes added five.

Halifax scored 13 points in the first period and nine in the second. Then the Comets erupted for a 21-point third quarter, sparked by 11 from Jeffress.

Morrison got all of her points from beyond the arc, and Canada and Talitha Marable also sank treys. Marable had one 3-pointer on the night.

Halifax led 43-17 at the end of the third period.

Halifax is now 11-10, with one game remaining in regular season. The Comets close on Senior night Wednesday with Patrick County coming. Patrick has a strong team and is tied for the top spot in the district.

Comet coach David Graham said the girls have recently played great team defense in Friday’s win and Wednesday’s decision over Tunstall.

Halifax also had a better start in the first period and shot well early Friday.

The scoring help is better distributed in the lineup, without putting undue pressure on Jeffress. She is seeing a lot of box and one defensive schemes, and this overall balance helps Jeffress and the Comets.

Jeffress is also showing unselfishness and getting her teammates more involved in the offense, Graham said.

Halifax has some complimentary parts on the team. Halifax also only loses two seniors and get the entire starting lineup back next year. Halifax will be improved next season.

On Wednesday, Halifax recorded a 36-17 win over Tunstall on the road.

The key here proved to be a 17-point second period for the Comets. Five Comets scored in the quarter and Halifax hit three treys.

Eventually, 10 Comet girls got points. Morrison and DeMeisha Canada had seven points apiece. Jeffress and Lynia Reed scored five apiece.

Halifax led 22-5 at halftime and 32-10 by the end of the third period.



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