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Lions girls pass first conference road test

The Halifax County Middle School girl’s basketball team passed its first Southside Middle School Conference road test of the season Monday, defeating Bluestone Middle School 43-21. Shadajah Davis led all scorers with 11 points for the Lady Lions, while Alasha Edmondson, A’Kiya Guill and Ghanija Gooden each scored six points, and Nyjah Torian, Mecca Carter and Timonee McCargo scored four points apiece.

Malasia Boyd added two points for Halifax County, which won its third game in a row to start the season.

The Lions led 8-4 after one quarter, but Davis scored eight points and her team as a whole 16 points in the second period to forge a 24-6 lead at intermission.

It was 31-13 after three quarters, and the Lions cruised home from there, with Guill and Carter each scoring four points in the final quarter.

“We played fairly well at Bluestone,” said Lion’s coach James Smith.

“We had a slow first quarter, but we picked it up in second quarter.”

The Lions are trying to develop a low post scoring presence as the season progresses, according to Smith, who added the coaches have been pleased with the effort shown by the team in each game.

“We’ll be better by tournament time, but I’m pleased with where we’re at now,” said Smith.

The task facing the Lady Lions today is much more formidable, according to Smith, with pre-season conference favorite Russell coming to town to play Halifax County.

“We have some work to do,” said Smith.

“Russell is picked to win the conference, so we’ll find out where we stand.”