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Kendall Dixon makes a strong move against a PE defender. (Blakely Swanson photo) / November 30, 2017
The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team did not play quite as well as coach Sterling Williams would have preferred, but the Comets still prevailed, 63-59, in the season opener against Prince Edward County here Monday night.

Myquan Williams had 16 points and Michael Spraggins added 14 as Halifax held off the visitors. Taji White led PE with 14.

Both teams struggled with ball security, as Halifax had 17 turnovers and Prince Edward

19. Halifax went five-for-16 from three-point range and Prince Edward was four-for-12. Prince Edward had the edge at the foul line, going 23-for-40, while Halifax was eight-for-17.

Halifax led 48-35 at the end of the third period, but the visitors made things uncomfortable in the final period. PE outscored Halifax 24-15 in the final quarter.

Halifax had led 28-24 at the half.

Terrell Carden and Tyree Dunkley had seven points apiece for the Comets. David Medley added six.

“It wasn’t a pretty win. But it was a win,” Williams said.

Halifax put pressure on Prince Edward early and took a lead, but the Comets had some turnover issues in the second and third quarters. Halifax did not finish as effectively as Williams would have liked.

Halifax did not execute as well as the coaches would have liked in the stretch run and took some bad shots.

Williams said the Comets need to play smarter, but he remains confident on the season.

Williams said Halifax was aggressive defensively, although he is looking for improvement there.

The Comets were back in action last night, with the home opener coming tomorrow night with Person County.

Williams will be pushing the Comets to improve on both ends of the court, and certainly with more aggressiveness and attention to detail on the defensive end.

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