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Dezheona Mitchell stretches for the rebound in Friday’s sub-regional girl’s basketball game at HCHS. / February 18, 2019
Albemarle High School ended the season for the Halifax County High School girls’ varsity basketball team Friday night in South Boston, handing the Comets a 39-32 loss.

Halifax finished its season at 11-12, the best record so far of the David Graham era. The Comets appear to have considerable talent for next season.

AHS started well and did enough to hold off Halifax.

The Patriots, coming to Halifax for sub-regional action, got 23 points from Marquelah Wilson. Makinna Winterton had eight points.

Halifax leading scorer Dee Dee Jeffress had 13 points for the Comets in the season finale. Talitha Marable added nine, while Ella Morrison and DeMeisha Canada each scored four points.

Daisy Mitchell scored two points.

AHS jumped out to a 9-0 lead as the Comets started slowly. Finally, Canada got Halifax on the board with a basket, off an assist from Jeffress.

Halifax later played well in the third period, holding AHS to four points on two field goals. AHS had just 15 points in the final two periods and held on for the win.

The Comet offense stalled to a degree in the final period.

AHS led 24-13 at the halftime break and 28-21 at the end of the third period.

But Halifax got only a 3-pointer from Jeffress and one other basket, with Talitha Marable finding the net. The rest of the scoring came off free throws.

Comet coach David Graham is looking for more offensive consistency next season, after watching too many highs and lows this winter.

Graham has a considerable collection of returning talent.

He said this young team showed a lot of energy this season. But the Comets had moments of sputtering offense.

Halifax has some strong weapons back for next winter, including Jeffress.

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