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A Laurel Park defender puts defensive clamps on the Lions’ Lynia Reed Thursday. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / February 19, 2018
The Halifax County Middle School Lion girls basketball program is celebrating a spotless 17-0 season and another Junior Piedmont District tournament title.

Halifax shut down Laurel Park, 41-6, in Thursday’s title game at the Lion den. The visitors managed just three field goals and went zero-for-four from the foul line.

Halifax sealed the title victory basically by the end of the first period, leading 22-2. Eventually, seven Lions got into the scoring column, led by Lynia Reed with 13 points and Talitha Marable with eight.

Saviana Bailey also had eight and Jadyn Harlow scored six.

The Lions by 31-4 at the half and never faced any major problems all night.

Coach James Smith said this is one of the top two or three defensive-minded teams he has had in 30 years of coaching. The Lions ran a very effective 1-3-1 zone with traps out of a 1-2-2 zone press. Smith also did some defensive switching, running some full-court man to man to switch up the defensive looks.

Halifax also emphasized balanced scoring with solid teamwork. The Lions stressed unselfish play, with six to seven girls scoring every night. Smith said overall this is one of his top five teams he has coached at HCMS, with the heart of this operation together for three seasons.

The girls did a tremendous job of playing as a unit.

Earlier, Halifax defeated O.T. Bonner 52-16 in Wednesday’s semifinals. There was more balance from the Lions here, with ten players getting points.

Reed had a quality first quarter, scoring nine points, on the way to 11. Talitha Marable had nine, all in the first half. Harlow and Dakierra Graves had six points. Bailey had five.

Halifax used the same formula that’s worked so well, with the defense sparking a 23-9 run in the first period.



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