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Magna Vista holds on to edge Halifax County

A last-ditch rally came up just short, and the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team dropped its final game before next week’s Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament with a 41-40 loss at Magna Vista High School on Friday.

The Warriors held an 11-7 lead after one quarter and still led 21-15 at halftime before the Comets crept closer, outscoring Magna Vista 6-2 in the third quarter to pull to within 23-21 with a quarter remaining.

Down 38-30 with 2:15 remaining, the Comets went on a 7-2 run capped by a Janiyah Logan free throw to cut the Magna Vista lead to 40-37 with 23 seconds remaining.

Magna Vista’s Brandi Warner missed the front end of a one-and-one but the Comets missed on a scoring chance at the other end before the Warriors’ Ocean Adams hit one of two foul shots for a 41-37 lead.

Trailing by four points with time winding down, Alexia Tucker drilled a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining, but the Comets could not foul in time to stop the clock.

Lakia Martin led the Comets with nine points, Tucker finished with eight points, Janiyah Logan with seven points and Brittani Boxley with six points.

Che’Lese Bowman added four points and Sheraine Claughton and Ashley Hill chipped in three points apiece for the Comets, who hit three 3-pointers, two by Tucker and one by Claughton.

“We played real hard but we came out a little slow on the road,” said Comets Head Coach Billy Lucas.

“The girls played hard all night.  We’re down to nine players due to injuries and other things, and it had an affect on us last night.”

With 6-2 center Whitney White injured, the Comets did not have the height they needed to match up with Magna Vista, Lucas noted.

“We didn’t have any height to go with their tall girl, and she was able to get a lot of rebounds early on and putbacks,” he explained.

“We made some adjustments at halftime, and that really helped us get back into the game.”

Halifax County (4-4) was 13-24 at the foul line for the contest, while Magna Vista was 7-15, and the Comets were 6-11 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter while Magna Vista was 3-6.

Both coaches pointed to execution down the stretch as keys to the game’s outcome.

“I wanted them to keep their composure,” said Magna Vista Head Coach Vickie Hayes.

“It’s the type of game you want to be in at this point of the season so you can work on these things.” 

“We played our hearts out all game long, but down the stretch we missed some free throws and some shots, and that was the difference in the game,” said Lucas.