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Lady Lions top Bluestone


The Halifax County Middle School girls basketball team did just enough to get the job done Monday night in a 27-17 win over Bluestone Middle School here at Halifax County Middle School.  Monday night’s win improved the Lions’ record to 7-1 overall, with the win in the Southside Middle School Conference game improving the team’s mark to 4-1 in conference play.

“We didn’t play that well, but Bluestone is not an overly strong team,” said Lions Coach James Smith.

“Defensively, we played well. Offensively, we just didn’t play. Still, it’s a conference win. Everybody got to play and everybody is happy and that’s a plus.”

Monday night’s win set up a showdown for tonight when the Lions go on the road to face Russell Middle School. A win over Russell Middle School tonight will put the Lions in a tie for the conference lead with Russell Middle School.

“Russell is the big game,” Smith pointed out.

“Everybody is going to have to play much better Wednesday night. Wednesday night we’ve got to get down to work.”

The Lions trailed only briefly in Monday night’s game against Bluestone Middle School, that coming in the first two minutes of the contest. After getting baskets from Shadajah Davis and Malasia Boyd, the Lions did not trail again.

After emerging from the first quarter with a 7-7 deadlock, the Lions put their pressure defense to work. The pressure defense had its desired effect, as the Lions held Bluestone scoreless in the second quarter.

Spurred by seven second-quarter points from Davis, the Lions pulled away to an 18-7 lead at halftime.

The Lions had some tough sailing in the third quarter, going the first three minutes and 12 seconds of the second half without scoring. The Lions’ scoring drought opened the door for Bluestone Middle School to cut the Lions’ lead to five points. But, the game didn’t stay close for very long. The Lions got baskets from Boyd and Alasha Edmondson down the stretch to take a 22-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Edmondson sank a layup after making a steal to start the fourth quarter to extend the Lions’ lead to 11 points at 24-13. From there, the Lions held their own to seal the 10-point win.

Davis led the Lions in scoring with 11 points, with Edmondson following with six points. Boyd finished with four points, with Ghanija Gooden, Fanliyah Ballou and Timonee McCargo each adding two points to the total.

Laurine Jordan led Bluestone Middle School in scoring with five points. Sierra Carpenter chipped in four points.