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Halifax County High School ACE team captures district title

Halifax County High School’s varsity ACE team won Monday’s home Scholastic Bowl match and the Western Valley District regular season title in its home match at the high school.

“It really did end like an exciting basketball game,” said ACE Team Coach Elizabeth Layne. “We were down 75 points at the start of the last and final round against Patrick Henry. A loss to them would have meant that we would have had to have played another whole match to determine the season winner,” Layne said.

“We came back and were ahead 5 points before the last question, which was about the compartments in a shark’s heart. They missed it. We got it right,” she said.

Celebration ensued.

But wait a minute. They protested the question.

“The kids all got their cell phones out. I got on the computer, and we Googled sharks until we proved ourselves right. It was a real knuckle biter,” the excited coach said.

By winning the regular season title, the Comets received an automatic berth in the regional tournament.

The Comets will host the WVD tournament on Jan. 10 with the winner of that tournament earning a trip to the regional tournament.

If the Comets are successful in winning the district tournament, the runner-up will get the second regional spot.

Final standings after Monday night’s match had Halifax County winning 11 matches and losing one for a total of 2,595 points.

Patrick Henry came in second with nine wins, three losses for a total of 2,475 points.

William Fleming came in third winning three and losing nine for a total of 1,810 points.

And George Washington finished fourth winning one and losing 11 for a total of 1,695 points.

The junior varsity team also finished on top Monday winning seven matches and losing one for a total of 1,360 points.

Patrick Henry placed second winning three and losing five for a total of 980 points, and George Washington came in third winning two and losing six for a total of 895 points.