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Lions girls get key victory

Shadajah Davis scored a game-high nine points, six in the first quarter, to help give her team a lead it would never relinquish in a 32-19 win by the Halifax County Middle School girl’s basketball team at Park View Middle School on Monday. Nyjah Torian scored eight points for the Lions, two in the first quarter, while Ghanija Gooden scored two of her six points and Timonee McCargo four of her five points in the opening period.

Alasha Edmondson added a field goal for Halifax County, which owned a 16-9 lead after one period, and that advantage held until halftime.

Park View cut its deficit by a field goal entering the fourth quarter, to trail 22-17, but six points from Torian in the final period helped the Lions stay ahead.

Lions’ coach James Smith said the Lady Cougars gave the Lions all they could handle, but added Halifax did not play one of its better games.

Still, Monday’s road win was a big victory and a key conference win, he noted.

“We played well on defense, but we didn’t play well on offense, and we had about 30 turnovers,” Smith explained.

Halifax County also had another bad game at the foul line, sinking only four of 14 free throw opportunities.

A guard-oriented team, the Lions are still developing a post presence, according to Smith.

“We can’t depend on jump shots, and we didn’t get a lot of fast break opportunities on Monday.

“If we can’t get scoring out of a fast break or pressure offense, it’s hard for us to score,” he said.

“We don’t have a true post player, and we need to develop one, and I’m hoping to develop one by tournament time.

“Still, it was a big win, especially on their home floor.  We need to stay around the top-two in our conference.”

Halifax County, 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Southside Middle School Conference, plays at Bonner Middle School on Wednesday.