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Whitney White (30), and Lakia Martin (10) battle a Martinsville player for possession of the ball. / December 17, 2012
Bolstered by solid 3-point shooting, unselfish team play and a tough defense, the Halifax County varsity girls’ basketball team swamped Martinsville, 57-34, on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs won the previous meeting between the teams. .

Halifax, now 4-3, also had offensive balance, with eight different Comets getting into the scoring column.

Stronger rebounding and boxing out helped, too.

Alexia Tucker led the Comets with 17 points. Janiyah Logan added 11. Brittani Boxley had ten points for the Comet girls. Logan Holmes and Lakia Martin contributed six apiece.

Martinsville standout M. Manns led the visitors with 12 points, but she did not have as strong a performance as she did in the previous game.

Halifax trailed 13-12 at the end of the first period, but took command in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors, 19-7.

Martinsville drained a three and took an early 16-12 lead in the second.

Tucker hit a 3-pointer, one of four on the night for the Comet senior.

HCHS finished with six overall. The Comets were within one after Tucker’s shot.

Tucker struck again from bonusland, and HCHS led 18-16. Lakia Martin snagged the rebound and Logan followed with another trey.

The Comets were on their way, leading 21-16.

Boxley saved a Comet possession and scored to make it 23-16.

Whitney White followed with a blocked shot, and Tucker sank a short jumper for a 25-18 lead. Martinsville later cut the lead to 26-20, but Holmes followed with a basket and an eight-point Comet advantage.

Tucker later made a terrific defensive stop and Halifax got possession. That all led up to a Sheraine Claughton 3-pointer and a 31-20 Comet lead.

HCHS led by 11 (31-20) at the intermission.

Halifax later kept the pressure on, driving to a 17-10 advantage in the third period. With eight minutes left, this game was out of reach for Martinsville, with the Bulldogs trailing, 48-30.

Martinsville only had two field goals - and four points - in a forgettable fourth quarter.

Coach Billy Lucas was very pleased with the work of the girls Friday night.

Halifax warmed up and wore down the Bulldogs.

“We were able to push the ball. We tried a half court set for the first half and just played half court defense. We were ... able to make (Martinsville) ... do things they didn’t want to do. It led to turnovers,” said Lucas.

“We did an excellent job tonight for the most part boxing out and cutting down on second shots.”

HCHS had to deal with some illness last week, but the Comets were able to play well. Martinsville had its fourth game in four nights, and HCHS was able to capitalize on that factor.

The Comets battled back over the .500 mark. This week, the Comets play at E.C. Glass Thursday and Magna Vista Friday.

WHITE INJURED: White, also a volleyball player, was hurt Friday. White went down hard after taking significant contact with a Martinsville player. The incident occurred near the 4:54 mark of the third period.

White spent the rest of the night getting medical attention and was treated at Halifax Regional Hospital. She was released and apparently has a concussion. She is not expected to return for two weeks.

Lucas tried White tried to take a charge, and a Martinsville player fell on her. White took a shot to the head.

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