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Lions on the prowl for number one

SoVaNow.com / January 30, 2017
The Halifax County Middle School boys basketball team is hunting a no. 1 in upcoming Junior Piedmont District tournament action tonight.

The Lions will travel to Laurel Park, seeking to avenge an earlier loss, with the aim of locking down the top seed.

Halifax won two games against Franklin County and Westwood last week, including a 44-37 decision over Ben Franklin Middle here Friday. Halifax also defeated Westwood, 50-21, Tuesday.

Lion coach W.J. Long said both the Lions and Franklin had a well-played game, featuring an intense battle on the hardwood.

Halifax started on a 13-6 run in the first period, but the contest remained very competitive the rest of the way.

Kevon Ferrell led the Lions in scoring with 14 points, with Tucker Harris adding eight.

“Anyway, they were smaller than us considerably, so as expected, we owned the boards, but they still had a solid, well coached team. We decided to go back to our man defense, which is as good or better than any team we face. Being athletic and big, we really give teams a lot of problems with scoring in the half court. FC ran the same man offense, so our guys were very familiar with it,” Long said.

“We played 90 percent of the game solid as can be, on both ends. (Halifax) took care of the ball, hit mid range jumpers, (played) nasty man defense in the half court,” said Long.

Earlier, Halifax rolled to an easy win over Westwood, with Ferrell leading the way with nine points.

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