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Comets pick up consolation win / February 15, 2018
The Halifax County High School varsity basketball team earned a 67-49 win over Bassett in consolation action in the Piedmont District tournament Monday night.

Halifax will now have the no. 6 seed in regional action. The Comets, now 10-14, will travel to meet three seed Patrick Henry-Roanoke in the tournament opener Monday. This is an elimination game and Halifax will have to play well to advance in the VHSL Class 5 Region D South Sub-regional.

Halifax got its first win of the season against Bassett. The game had no bearing on the upcoming regional play.

The Comets got 18 points from Tyree Dunkley and 15 from Michael Spraggins. J’Ouan Davis and Darius Robertson had seven apiece. Otis Slayton scored six and Kendall Dixon and Kevon Ferrell had four points apiece.

Halifax led 33-24 at the half and then played well defensively, holding Bassett to seven points in the third period. The Comets built a 20-point edge at the end of the third period.

Now, Halifax has to turn its attention to the Patriots.

The Patriots have struggled this season, with inconsistent performances.

PH-Roanoke started 1-3 and split with E.C. Glass. They have three losses to Hidden Valley and had two tough defeats to Franklin County. PH is 15-10 and finished second in the River Ridge tournament, losing in the finals Tuesday night to Hidden Valley.

PH also struggled to score this season. Eight of their losses have come with 50 points or fewer scored by the Pats.

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