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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Lady Comets stumble heading into tournament

SoVaNow.com / December 26, 2012
The Halifax County High School varsity girls stumbled a bit heading into the Holiday Classic this week.

The Comets lost 41-40 to Magna Vista Friday night. Halifax’s record dropped to 5-4 overall heading into its holiday tournament event.

Lakia Martin had nine points and Alexia Tucker eight in HCHS’ first game against Magna Vista this season, as some opportunities got away from the Comets in the loss to Magna Vista.

“It was a tough loss for us. The girls played hard all night long but in the end we just wern’t able to get the win. The girls played extremely hard on defense we were able to hold Magna Vista to 2 points in the 3rd quarter.

“We just had problems scoring when we had the opportunities. We missed some foul shots and easy buckets which was the difference in this game than in some of the previous games that we have had that were close but we did hit those shots and foul shots when needed. Overall I am very proud of the girls for their effort,” said Comet girls head coach Billy Lucas.

In earlier action, the Comet girls sailed by Glass, 50-19, on Thursday night. The Comets got out to a terrific start, outscoring Glass, 19-2, in the first period. Halifax added 16 in the second period and had a commanding 35-6 lead at halftime.

Janiyah Logan had 11 and Brittany Boxley scored ten.

Halifax had a variety of scoring help, as Lakia Martin had six points. Alexia Tucker also added six. Ashley Hill also had six points.

“This was a good game for us we were able to get a win but we also were able to do a lot of good things in the game for the building the team. We did a great job on defense forcing Glass to have many turnovers in our half court set which we ran the whole night. This allowed us to get some quick buckets on the other end in the transition game.

“Glass ... pressured us and we were able to handle it very well and do a lot of good things against the pressure which will help us on down the road. We ran our offense extremely well and were able to get a lot of good buckets out ofit. Overall the girls played hard all night long and played focused even though the score was in our favor the whole night,” said Lucas.

JAYVEE REPORT: The Comet jayvee girls raced past Glass, 32-19, on Thursday night. Ghanija Gooden led the jayveess with 12 points, while Nyjah Torian had six and Aleara Edmundson had six.

Halifax did a good job defensively, limiting Glass to four first half field goals, including only one in the second period.

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