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SoVaNow.com / January 17, 2013
It took Halifax County four quarters to do what Franklin County did in a little more than a stanza Tuesday night.

Score 30 points.

The Eagles, days removed from a non-district loss that ended a six-game winning streak, got back on the winning track by pounding the Comets 74-30 in a Western Valley District girls’ varsity basketball game at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

With the win, Franklin County (4-0 in the WVD, 12-4 overall) completes the first half of league play undefeated.

The loss keeps the Comets (0-4 in the WVD, 7-8 overall), led by first-year head coach Billy Lucas, winless in league play.

Franklin County, which last won the WVD championship in 2009, but has captured each of the last four postseason tournament titles, has won its league games by an average of 34.3 points; the Eagles whip Patrick Henry by 39, routed George Washington-Danville by 29 and bested reigning WVD titleholder by 27. All three of those games were played on the road.

None of Halifax’s league losses to Danville, Fleming and Franklin County has been close; the Comets setback to PH was by three points

Franklin County was playing its first home game of the 2013 portion of its schedule; its rematch against Halifax in February is its final road regular-season game.

Franklin County hit Halifax with a 24-10 first-quarter haymaker and settled the issue with a 26-4 second-stanza run that produced a 36-point, 50-14, cushion at intermission.

The Eagles employed a zone defense for the majority of the second half. They won the third quarter 16-12 to push the spread to 40 points, 66-26, and finished the rout by outscoring the Comets 8-4 in the final period.

Franklin County led by a high of 44 points twice in the fourth quarter before matching that difference at game’s end.

The Eagles dressed and played nine players all of whom scored.

Charmaine Hairston, the reigning WVD Player of the Year who recently moved into second place on the Eagles’ career scoring list for girls’ basketball, netted a game-best 16 points, 13 of which she scored in the first half.

Miranda Crockett finished with 15 points, 11 of which she tallied in the opening half, and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.

Zarkia Mattox scored 11 points and Erinn Brooks completed a quartet of double-figure scorers with 10.

Also scoring were Taylor Greenway with eight points, Brianna Taylor with five, Destani Mitchell with four, Daishi Dudley with three and Marisa Brooks with two.

Franklin County converted 32 field goals, three of which were 3-pointers, and was 7 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Hairston hit two 3-pointers and Dudley made one trey.

To its credit, Halifax did swish five 3-point field goals in the second half. Those were the only field goals the Comets converted after intermission.

Halifax was held to 12 total field goals and was 1 of 6 from the free-throw line. Brittani Boxley paced the Comets with 12 points; she made two treys.

Also scoring were Ashley Hill with six points and Lakia Martin, Alexia Tucker (one three), Che’Lese Bowman (one three).

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