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Aggressive defense spurs Lions’ win

It is noted on many occasions that a stout defense goes a long way toward winning basketball games.

The Halifax County Middle School girls basketball team proved it in Thursday night’s season-opening game against Bonner Middle School at Halifax County Middle School.

Holding Bonner Middle School to only three points in the second half, the Lions made it all look easy in a 38-10 win over the Broncos.

“We played really well defensively,” noted Lions Head Coach James Smith.

“For it being our first game, the offense wasn’t bad. I saw a lot of things we need to work on, but I’m really proud of the girls on the defensive end. We were real aggressive. At this age group, if you’re aggressive, you’ll win some games.”

The Lions broke on top early and were never seriously challenged.

Brittany Clark led the Lions, scoring 16 points, half of the team total, and triggered a 17-point first quarter for the Lions, who got scoring from five different players in the first six minutes of action. Clark scored seven of the team’s first-quarter points.

Halifax County Middle School led 21-7 at the half and, with no challenge from the Broncos, led 27-9 at the end of the third quarter.

The Lions outscored the Broncos 11-1 in the fourth quarter to cap the 28-point win.

Seven Lions players scored in the contest, with Sierra Nunn and Tiara Martin scoring six points each as the next highest scorers following Clark’s 16-point effort.

“Brittany has got a little talent,” Smith said of Clark.

“I build my offense around her. We put the ball in her hands and everything flew from her. She creates a lot of things. Between Brittany and Sierra as the two leaders, we’ll go as far as those two will take us. “

Smith said he was pleased with the overall effort of his team in the season opener.

“We’ve got a better team than I thought we had,” Smith pointed out.

“I had only six girls back from last year and only two starters back. We did some good things. We’ve still got a long ways to go, but we got our first win and things look pretty good. I was pleased with the effort.”

Smith and his team have plenty of time to work on correcting any issues that need addressing. The Lions do not play again until Dec. 4 when they travel to South Hill to face Park View Middle School in their Southside Middle School Conference opener.