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Lions girls crush Bluestone

Halifax County Middle School Head Girls Basketball Coach James Smith called his team’s performance in Monday’s game against Bluestone Middle School one of the best of the season.

Few will disagree.

Using a stifling pressure defense to create steals, turnovers and easy baskets, the Lions overwhelmed Bluestone Middle School 40-15 here Monday night in a Southside Middle School Conference contest.

“Overall, this was one of our best games,” Smith remarked.

“The girls were quick tonight. If we play like this the rest of the season, we’ll be pretty good.”

The Lions had little problem in picking up the easy win that improved their record to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in Southside Middle School Conference play. 

In fact, all it took was about two and a half minutes for the Lions to establish their dominance and all but put the game in their back pockets.

Halifax County Middle School scored 10 unanswered points in the first two minutes and 20 seconds of the game, half of them coming from A’Kiya Guill, to deliver an early knockout punch to the visitors. 

From there, the Lions went on to roll up an 18-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, which ended with an 8-0 Lions run.

Bluestone Middle School scored the first basket of the second quarter, but a 6-0 Lions run that included two baskets from Mackenzie Francis put the Lions up 24-5 halfway through the second quarter.

The Lions kept up their torrid pace the rest of the half, and got a three-point bucket from Jalisa Brooks, her second of the quarter, to make it a 31-9 lead at halftime.

Halifax County Middle School, even with reserves on the floor for virtually all of the quarter, held Bluestone Middle School scoreless in the third quarter, which ended with the Lions leading 35-9.

Bluestone Middle School outscored the Lions by a point in the final quarter, but it was far too little and much too late, as the Lions held on to preserve the 25-point win.

“It’s a big conference win for us,” Smith pointed out.

“Any conference win is big. This will give us some momentum going into the Christmas break.”

Nine Lions players got into the scoring column with Guill leading the team with nine points. Shadajah Davis was next in line in scoring with seven points, and Brooks chipped in six points.