- Last Updated on 11:09 PM 02/01/13
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team wanted to send seniors Briyana Jackson, Che’Lese Bowman, Danyelle Edmonds, Bri’Ana Pierce, Sheraine Claughton, Aleara Edmondson and Ashley Snead out on a positive note Friday on Senior Night, the Comets’ season finale.
They also needed a win to avoid going winless in the district for the second straight season, but Franklin County High School also needed a win to stay in the hunt for the regular season Western Valley District championship with William Fleming High School.
Franklin County (6-1 WVD, 14-5) ultimately got what it wanted with a 71-25 win, forcing 35 Comets turnovers in the process.
Alexia Tucker led Halifax County (0-8 WVD, 7-13) with seven points, and Bowman followed with five, four coming on a rare 4-point play in the second quarter that pulled her team to within 30-14.
The Eagles led 37-17 at halftime before capping the win with an 18-3 run in the third quarter and a 16-5 surge in the fourth period.
Brittani Boxley added four points for Halifax County, Janiyah Logan scored three points on a first-quarter 3-pointer, and Bri’Ana Pierce, Sheraine Claughton and Whitney White added two points apiece.
Franklin County got scoring from its entire roster, with Miranda Crockett leading the way with 17 points. Daishi Dudley followed with 13 points, Charmaine Hairston had 11 and Zarkia Mattox added nine points.
Franklin County turned the ball over only six times for the contest, and it had a big advantage in offensive rebounds.
Franklin County Head Coach Anne Crutchfield said she was looking for a better start from her team than it had against William Fleming in a loss on Tuesday.
“We didn’t feel like we played very well, and our main goal tonight was to come out and play well and execute, so we turned up the pressure a little bit,” said Crutchfield.
“That gave us an opportunity to get back into the flow of the game.”
“Our offense comes from our defense and transition buckets,” added Crutchfield.
“We don’t have a lot of size, and when you don’t have a lot of size you have to depend on full court pressure and transition buckets.”
Crutchfield thought her team responded well after the loss to Fleming on Tuesday.
“We’ve had to sit on that game for the last two days, and it wasn’t something we really wanted to do, but we told the kids this week we can’t go back and replay that one,” she explained.
“All we can do is play the next game on our schedule, tonight was Halifax and the next game is Patrick Henry.”
Comets Head Coach Billy Lucas said he knew what to expect from Franklin County, who was in a must-win situation Friday night to keep pace with William Fleming.
“Franklin is a very good team, and they’re one of the top teams in the state, they’re a very well-oiled machine, that’s the best way to put it,” said Lucas.
“They play great defense. We had too many turnovers, and they were able to get a lot of second and third chance points against us tonight.
“In the second half I thought we did a little better job with the turnovers and boxing out.”
“I hate it for the seniors,” added Lucas. “The girls fought hard, and I’m real proud of them for that.”
Lucas is already thinking about next season and the move to the Piedmont District.
“We’re going to get the program headed in the right direction, and I look forward to see what the future holds,” said Lucas.
“Two things hurt us tonight, rebounding on the defensive end, giving up second and third chance points, and turnovers.
“I don’t care who you’re playing, if you don’t rebound on defense and turn the ball over on offense, it’s a big thing.
“That’s what we have to focus on in the off season, getting better in those two areas.”