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Jalisha Brooks gets her hand on a FCHS possession. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / December 21, 2017
The Halifax County High School varsity girls suffered another frustrating loss in Piedmont District action Tuesday at home to Franklin County, 53-30.

Halifax was competitive early, trailing 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Comets again battled the Eagles on nearly even terms in the second quarter and forced a 17-all tie at halftime.

Franklin County then outscored Halifax, 9-8, in the third quarter before the Comet momentum disappeared in the final eight minutes.

“Very frustrating. Again we played three great quarters and trailed by two heading into the final period, and then we could not finish,” said coach David Graham.

“We gave FC all it wanted, but in the end the Eagles’ size - they were very tall - got the best of us,” said Graham.

Dee Dee Jeffress led Halifax with 16 points.

Halifax has had solid ball security - limiting turnovers - in the last two games.

“We have limited scoring off steals, which has been hurting us.

“We will work on that transition in practice. Our offense needs to get a little more consistent. Some quarters we score in single digits. We are very close to getting it all together, that’s what makes it so frustrating. We will make a few adjustments in practice and continue to practice hard and see what happens,” said Graham.

Ilene Hurley led Franklin with 17 points, and Jedyn Tamison added 13.

Halifax has one more game, against Bassett Friday, before the start of the annual Holiday Classic next Thursday.

Halifax will meet Gretna Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. in the opener, followed by the second round play Dec. 29.

Bluestone, Person and Gretna join Halifax in the popular annual event.

“The team is looking forward to the Classic this year. We feel like if we can put it all together we will have a good chance at that title,” said Graham.

“Bassett will be a big game for us. If we can win that one it would give us a lot of confidence leading into the Classic. The Classic is always fun with large crowds cheering for the team. It is not like a regular season game because of those large crowds.

“Excitement fills the air when the teams come on the floor and you give it all you’ve got and more. We play Gretna in the first round. We are hoping to advance to the championship game to have a chance at the title. We have four seniors this year so I know it would be very special for them to win the Classic,” said Graham.

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