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Lions edged by Laurel Park / February 01, 2018
Laurel Park Middle School boys edged Halifax County Middle School, 44-43, in Junior Piedmont District basketball action Monday.

Halifax won the final period, 13-9, but the Lions fell short.

Javeon Morris had 18 points and Nijay Ross had ten. Zach Carter scored nine in a supporting role for the Lions.

Halifax led 8-7 at the end of the first period, but lost a bit of momentum in the second. At halftime, Laurel Park led 22-18.

Laurel Park still led by five, 35-30, at the end of the third period. Halifax made a rally effort in the final period but just came up one point short.

Halifax had 15 two-point baskets and two treys, going seven for 15 from the foul line.

Ross and Carter both stepped up in the final period, but Halifax did not have enough overall offensive execution to overtake Laurel Park.

On Tuesday, the Lions defeated Patrick County, 45-22.

The Lions sprinted to a 15-2 lead in the first period and never looked back. Halifax led 26-10 at the end of the first half and 36-13 at the end of three periods.

Nijay Ross led Halifax with 14 points and four Lions had five points.

Javeon Morris, Kayna Caddle, Jordan Ross and William Dixon had five apiece for Halifax.

Jai Penn led Patrick with five points, as the visitors had just three field goals in the first half.

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