- Last Updated on 08:04 AM 01/07/13
- BY Doug Ford
A hot-shooting William Fleming High School team got a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds from 6-3 sophomore center Desiree Keeling and scoring from its entire roster Friday to spoil the home district opener for the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team 84-31.
Halifax County, down to an eight-player roster because of injury, tied the game at 9-9 on the first of three 3-pointers by Alexia Tucker with 1:56 remaining in the opening quarter.
From that point on, the Colonels (9-4, 1-0 WVD) outscored the Comets 75-22, forging a 39-19 lead at halftime.
By that time, Halifax (7-6, 0-2 WVD) had committed 18 turnovers, and Fleming continued to force turnovers into the second half, extending its advantage to 61-22 entering the fourth quarter.
A 23-9 run by Fleming in the final period produced the final margin, with Savannah Doane and KeKe Haynes hitting two of the Colonel’s five 3-pointers for the game in the fourth quarter.
Tucker added her final 3-point basket in the final quarter for a team-leading nine points.
Janiyah Logan scored seven points, Ashley Hill scored six points, Brittani Boxley five points and BriAna Pierce and Che’Lese Bowman each two points for Halifax County, now 0-2 in the Western Valley District.
Ryjae Anderson added 17 points and KeKe Haynes 12 points, respectively for the Colonels, who gave Coach Champ Hubbard the type of performance he was looking for in the Colonel’s district opener.
“When we’re shooting the ball that well, it may be hard to beat us,” said Hubbard.
“I think defensive-wise our goal is to hold teams to under 50 points. We achieved that, and honestly I think [Halifax] got tired.
“He (Lucas) only had eight players, and I think they were just tired.”
Hubbard added his team has both moved the ball and shot the ball well the past two games, including Friday night.
“Hopefully, that will continue, and hitting our (outside) shots opens up everything else for us,” Hubbard explained.
His team gave a good effort Friday night, but they couldn’t compete with Fleming’s advantages in depth and in height, according to Comets Head Coach Billy Lucas.
“Their advantage in the paint was tremendous,” noted Lucas.
“Number 32 (Keeling) is 6-3, and right now we’re hurting in the post, and it shows.
“We’ve got girls playing down there we wouldn’t typically play there, but because of the hand we’re dealt right now we have to do it.
“I’m pleased with their effort, they don’t sit there and complain, and they try to their best and that’s all I can ask of them.”
“We’re down to eight girls, and that makes it tough to compete against a lot of teams,” continued Lucas.
“They can go deep into their benches, and it just wears on us.
“That’s what happened to us Wednesday night at GW, but I’m still proud of the girls, they fought and played as hard as they could.
“They were tired, but they continued to fight.”
Tuesday’s home game against Patrick Henry gives his team another chance at a district win and some needed momentum, Lucas added.
“I know PH has a couple of girls who can shoot it from the outside, but I don’t know what they have down low, Lucas said.
“I think we can match up pretty well with them. We’ll take the weekend off to get rested and come in Monday and work real hard to get ready for that game.”
Three Point Field Goals: Tucker (HC) 3; Haynes (WF) 3; Stevens (WF) 1; Doane (WF) 1