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Lady Comets pick up win in advance of tournament

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Comet varsity player Nicole Gilliard moves down the lane against Martinsville Wednesday. (Blakely Swanson photo)
SoVaNow.com / February 05, 2018
The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team defeated Tunstall on the road Friday night to cap the regular season.

Halifax won, 40-26. The Comets will wait for the start of the Piedmont district. Halifax also has at least one game in the upcoming sub-regional playoffs.

Halifax will meet Martinsville in the first round of district tournament action Friday.

“They are a big team and we will have to play big inside to pull off a win. That’s our goal, is to get more points inside the paint,” said coach David Graham.

These Comets know they are better than their record indicates, and Halifax is excited for the start of the postseason.

Halifax is 5-15 after the regular season. The Comets have been hampered by injuries late in the season.

Halifax had two main offensive drivers in the win over Tunstall.

Two players scored in double figures for the Comets in the season finale at Tunstall.

Nicole Gillard had one of her best games and had 17 points. She connected on three treys.

Dee Dee Jeffress scored 12 points.

Tamiara Logan scored six, connecting on a pair of treys in the final period. Halifax doubled up Tunstall, 8-4, in the first period and added 13 points in a very productive second quarter. Gilliard hit a 3-pointer and had nine points in the second period.

Halifax hit just two field goals in the third, but the Comets had a quality final quarter. Halifax outscored Tunstall, 15-2, in the final stanza to pull away.

Karisa Dix led the Tunstall squad with 10 points.

“The girls gave it all they had,” said Graham. Tunstall had shown significant improvement.

“It was a good game. We pulled away in the middle of the fourth quarter to seal the win,” said Graham.

Graham praised Logan and Jeffress.

In earlier action Wednesday, Halifax fell to Martinsville at home, 56-39 on senior night.

Halifax got into double figure scoring in two of four quarters. The Comets connected for ten points in the second period and 13 in the final stanza. Martinsville was more consistent on offense. The Lady Bulldogs scored 15 points in the first period, 18 in the second, 11 in the third and 14 in the final eight minutes.

Jaydia Taylor had 14 points, while Destinee Jones added nine. LaTroya Gravely added eight and Jaerney Simpkins had seven.

Martinsville led 15-5 after the opening quarter and steadily built on that consistency. By halftime, the Lady Bulldogs held a 33-15 lead.

“We played as well as we could because we lost three players to injury in the first half,” said Graham.

The Comets celebrated Senior night before the start of Wednesday’s game.

The Comet girls’ basketball fraternity honored the late Casey Pulliam, who would have celebrated her Senior night with this group.

Halifax seniors Gilliard, Logan and Akirra Spencer were honored before the start of the Martinsville game.



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