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Comets improve in second scrimmage

Judging by Tuesday’s scrimmage at Dan River High School, the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team and first-year Head Coach Wayne Murray are coming together toward the season-opener Tuesday at Person High School.

Halifax County and Dan River played four eight-minute quarters, with the score reset after each quarter.

The teams then played a couple of one-minute situational scrimmages, with the score tied at the beginning of each, according to Murray, who saw improvement across the board.

The Comets took three of the four quarters played, by 7-2, 15-7 and 20-6 margins, and Dan River won the fourth quarter 12-10.

The teams split the one-minute situational scrimmages, said Murray. 

“The scrimmage went really well, the execution was there, the intensity was there,” he noted.

Halifax did a much better job with its post defense than it did in its first scrimmage against Bluestone High School, Murray pointed out.

“Dan River had two girls taller than anybody we had on our team, but we held one of them to about six points, so we did a much better job with their bigs.”

“Our 1-3-1 defense shut them down,” added Murray.  “We said we weren’t going to lose the third quarter the way we did last week, and we came out and scored 20 points on them.

“Overall, Lakia Martin did a wonderful job with staying in front of the girl in the post and being physical with her.

“Kaylen Palmer came in and got some rebounds, and Brittani Boxley lit up the scorebook.”

Boxley had a team-high 15 points, and Martin had 12 points, while Janiyah Logan added 11 points.

Alexia Tucker finished with five points, Ashley Hill four points, and Palmer and Kye-Neisha Logan two points apiece during the scrimmage.

“Overall we looked a lot better than we did the first scrimmage,” concluded Murray.

“We’re slowly getting there, and we have a lot more work to do.

“We’ll see better teams, and we’re taking them one game at a time. 

“Now, we’re focusing on Person County.”