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Lady Comets rout Magna Vista

Lexi Tucker scored a team-high 16 points, Brianna Lindsey added 11, and the Comets’ varsity girl’s basketball team got scoring contributions from six other players in a 61-39 win at home over Magna Vista on Friday.

Freshman Whitney White scored eight points in her first varsity game, Janiyah Logan scored eight points, and Jaynee Campbell and Che’Lese Bowman added five points apiece.

Mecca Cole and Briyana Jackson scored four points apiece for Halifax County (6-5), which took an early 3-0 lead on a Campbell three-pointer and never looked back.

The Comets led by as many as 10 points before settling for a 14-6 lead after one quarter, and six Comets scored in 17-8 surge in the second quarter to help give Halifax County a 31-14 lead at halftime.

Tucker hit her second traditional three-point play of the contest in the second quarter among her five points, and Cole connected to two straight field goals in the rally as the advantage ballooned to 17 points.

The Lady Warriors drew as close as 37-24 on a basket by Brandi Warner in the third quarter, but the Comets responded with a 10-4 run to close out the period.

Logan went six-for-six at the foul line in the third quarter and Tucker added two buckets as Halifax County led 47-29 with a quarter remaining.

White and Bowman each scored four points in the fourth quarter, as Halifax coasted home to the win.

The win gave the Comets got some needed momentum as they entered district
play this week, Head Coach Matthew McCargo noted after the game.

“They stepped it up and looked very good at times,” said McCargo.

“They’re starting to communicate and they handled the pressure a little bit better tonight, and that’s something we’ve looked forward to them doing.

“We have looked very good at times during the year but then have had falloffs, so the biggest concern for me is being more consistent with things we’ve found success in.”

McCargo noted the contributions from several Comets in the win, in addition to Tucker and Lindsey, the scoring leaders for Halifax County thus far.

“Lexi and Brianna are our go-to people as far as scoring, and we depend on Lexi also for our ball-handling.  We look for Brianna to play defense and score inside as our go-to post player.

White, at 6-2 the tallest player in the Comets’ program, gives Halifax an additional presence in the post.

“If we can get scoring from Whitney White, who came up from jayvee and gave us eight big points and kept the ball alive on the boards where we could get offensive rebounds from the other side, it’s a big plus,” McCargo pointed out.

Halifax played with more energy and confidence Friday than it had shown in some previous outings, especially the 46-35 loss it suffered at Magna Vista earlier this season, McCargo added.“Free throws (12-21) were better, but they’re still not close to what we’re looking for, we like to be at least around 75 percent,” he explained.

“It is definitely a good win.  Everybody got a chance to get into the game and contribute, and it’s big to get two out of three wins during the holidays.”