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Comet girls win opener with ease, 66-41

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Dee Dee Jeffress led the Comet girls with 20 points in their win Tuesday against Appomattox. (Blakeley Swanson photo) / December 05, 2019
HCHS pulls ahead early against Appomattox and never looks back

The Comet girls kicked off the 2019-20 basketball season in rousing fashion with a 66-41 win over Appomattox County at home Tuesday night.

The Comets jumped out to a 21-2 lead in the first five and a half minutes of the game and were never seriously challenged the rest of the way. While Appomattox narrowed the gap with a 7-2 run to finish out the first quarter, by halftime the Halifax girls were up again by a comfortable margin, 40-17.

Dee Dee Jeffress, the game’s high scorer with 20 points, and Ella Morrison both had hot hands in the first quarter, tossing in eight points each to help HCHS build a big lead. Morrison sank a pair of three pointers in the opening frame and Jeffress and Lynia Reed also made treys.

By the third quarter, Halifax was ahead 55-23 and at the 5:25 mark in the fourth quarter the Comets girls had a 35-point lead after Grace Langford scored a three-pointer. Appomattox came back with a flurry of points to make the final score seem a little closer than the game ever was.

“This win is going to give us a bunch of confidence,” said coach David Graham. “Everybody got to play. A lot of the kids that were playing varsity ball for the first time got to see what the pace of the game is. Everybody did a great job.”

The Comets’ dominance extended to the rebounding game, with DeMeisha Canada leading the way with 14 boards and Jeffress snagging 11 rebounds.

“We rebounded the ball better. DeMeisha (Canada), Daisy (Mitchell) and Shamya Hankins showed a lot of energy on the boards,” said Graham. “We’ve really been working hard on rebounding. We were very aggressive on the boards.”

He was also pleased with the work of the Lady Comet defense.

“The last couple of years we’ve been getting down in the first quarter, scoring two, four or six points. We wanted to come out, use our pressure defense, score and get some points early. When you can do that it makes it easier for you,” said Graham. He added, “Our main goal is to get off to a good start and don’t get behind early. I think if we can keep the pressure on like the girls did tonight and fast break we will be much better.”

Aside from the 20 points from Jeffress, HCHS was paced by Morrison with eight points, Talitha Marable with six and three players with five points each — Saviana Bailey, Kamyria Woody-Giggetts and Lynia Reed.

Box score — Halifax County 66, Appomattox 41

Dee Dee Jeffress 20 points, Saviana Bailey 5 points, Ella Morrison 8 points, Kamyria Woody-Giggetts 5 points, Jakayla Gooden 2, Lauryn Easley 4, Shamya Hankins 2, Lynia Reed 5, DeMeisha Canada 2, Talitha Marable 6, Dezheona Mitchell 4, Grace Langford 3

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