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Comets varsity girls roll past Martinsville

A 36-17 run over the middle two quarters sparked by four 3-point baskets from Alexia Tucker helped the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team get a split of its season series against Martinsville High School with a 57-34 win at home on Friday.

Tucker finished with a game-high 17 points, and teammates Janiyah Logan and Brittani Boxley also reached double figures, Logan hitting a 3-pointer among her 11 points and Boxley finishing with 10 points.

Five other Comets scored in the game, with Logan Holmes and Lakia Martin each finishing with six points, Sheraine Claughton with three points on a 3-point field goal and Danyelle Edmonds with three points.

Whitney White added a made foul shot for Halifax County before leaving the game following a collision with a Martinsville player.

Monisha Manns led Martinsville with 12 points, but the Comets did a much better job containing her than in the team’s earlier meeting, where the senior forward scored 18 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots in a 56-45 win for the Bulldogs.

“We did an excellent job tonight for the most part of boxing out and cutting down on their second shots.  She’s (Manns) a great ball player,” Lucas pointed out.

“Tonight, we were able to execute and play hard all four quarters.”

The Comets led by 5-0 and 7-2 margins early in the game, but a 3-point basket by Terrica Hairston and a buzzer-beating basket by Shamonta Taylor helped give the Bulldogs a 13-12 edge after one quarter.

The second of Hairston’s two 3-point baskets gave Martinsville its last lead at 16-12 early in the second quarter before the Comets, sparked by two 3-pointers and eight points by Tucker, 3-pointers by Logan and Claughton, and baskets by Boxley and Holmes went on a 19-4 run to secure a 31-20 lead at halftime.

Two 3-pointers from Tucker, five points from Logan and four from Boxley helped fuel a 17-10 run in the third quarter and a 48-30 lead entering the fourth quarter, with the Bulldogs getting no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.

The Comets did a much better job controlling the tempo of the game than it did at Martinsville, and they scored a lot of points in transition off Bulldog turnovers, Lucas indicated.

“We went into our half court set the first half and played half court defense,” Lucas explained.

“We were able to push the ball, and we were able to make them do things they didn’t want to do, and that led to turnovers.”

Martinsville, which was playing its fourth game in four days, was in the same position as his team was last week, when they played three games in four days, Lucas noted.

Fatigue was a factor, particularly in the middle two quarters when the Comets made their run.

“This was their fourth game in four nights, and we were able to take advantage of that,” Lucas concluded.

Now 4-3 on the season, Halifax County travels to Lynchburg Thursday for a game against E.C. Glass High School.