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Lady Comets involved in conference action
SoVaNow.com / February 16, 2017The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball program is making progress, and the Comets were involved in Conference 16 tournament semifinals action last night.
But the Comets had a difficult assignment, traveling to no. 2 seed Albemarle. The third-seeded Comets powered past PH-Ashland 39-28 on Monday night at home.
Halifax still had two cracks at the Region 5-A tournament. If the Comets were able to spring an upset last night, they’d advance to tomorrow’s Conference 16 title game. Even with a loss, Halifax still had a crack at the regionals by winning Friday’s conference consolation game. Three teams from the six-team Conference 16 advance to the Region 5-A north regionals.
Halifax did a good job against PH-Ashland. The Comets were strong defensively, limiting Patrick Henry to five points in the first period, seven in the second, four in the third, until the visitors finally found a little momentum and got 12 points in the final period.
Halifax had a strong first period, rolling out to an 11-5 lead at the end of the quarter. Halifax led 22-12 at halftime.
Tamara Logan had 11 points, while Shadajah Davis scored ten. Dee Dee Jeffress had seven and Brittany Clark six.
Halifax struggled with ball security and had 21 turnovers. But Halifax offset that with six-for-15 three-point shooting. Halifax went three-for-four from the line.
PH had 11 turnovers, but suffered through a frigid shooting night. The visitors were two-for-12 from bonusland, and four-of-ten from the foul line.
Comet coach David Graham was pleased with another step forward by the squad.
“The girls came out with a lot of energy. We hit some shots for a change, and played tremendous defense,” he said.
Graham pressed early, went to a 1-3-1 zone and later switched to a 1-2-2. The defensive switches clearly threw PH-Ashland off balance.
PH was held to 16 points heading into the fourth period.
The only negative aspect was the turnover problems for Halifax, which struggled at times against the visitors’ press.
But the Comet offense came alive. “That’s what we’ve been lacking all year,” said Graham.
Malasia Boyd, who had one trey on the night for her scoring, said, “It feels good. We were here in the same position last year, so it’s more motivation to move on.”
Logan said, “We just had to play together as a team, and do what we had to do. It wasn’t easy, but we got it done.”
Halifax would host the consolation game Friday, if the Comets lost on the road last night. But Halifax was looking to spring the upset last night and Halifax was looking for a solid defensive night. Halifax was also working on better rebounding, by sending everyone to the boards.
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