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Comets roll past William Campbell

The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team let an early lead slip away in an overtime loss at William Campbell High School earlier this season.

In the rematch Monday night at home, they didn’t let it happen again, taking a 14-5 advantage after one quarter and pulling away to a 48-26 win, its second straight win after four losses to start the season.

Brittani Boxley scored 13 points to lead the Comets, four in each of the first three quarters, and Lakia Martin added 10 points, six in the first quarter to help stake the Comets to the 9-point lead.

Alexia Tucker and Janiyah Logan added eight points apiece, with each Comets guard hitting a 3-pointer, and Ashley Hill posted three points.

Mecca Carter and Laniqua Farmer chipped in two points apiece for Halifax County, which extended its lead to 30-12 at halftime with a 16-2 run to close out the second quarter.

The Comets outscored the Generals 10-5 in the third quarter for a 40-17 advantage, more than enough cushion to close out the game.

Halifax County, which connected on only 15 of 33 free throws in the loss at William Campbell, was 8-16 at the charity stripe Monday night.

The Generals committed too many turnovers and missed too many shots to stay with the Comets,
according to William Campbell Head Coach Jackie Bolling.

“We had a week off, but that’s no excuse,” said Bolling.

“We had too many turnovers and couldn’t start clicking on offense.

“When we finally started clicking on offense, it was too late and we’d dug ourselves too big of a hole.”

Kenisha Staten, who scored 28 points in William Campbell’s 58-56 overtime win on Dec. 6, scored only three points Monday night.

Kristina Smith led William Campbell with nine points, coming on 3-pointers in each of the final three quarters.

“We were outmatched on the boards,” added Bolling.  

“When you dig a hole against a team like Halifax, it’s hard to get out of.”

Comets Head Coach Wayne Murray said his team was aware of what happened in the teams’ earlier meeting.

“We came out tonight with intensity and jumped on them,” said Murray.

“I told them to not let them back into the game like we did the first time, and keep driving forward and keeping the defense on them.

“We just put on a little more pressure up top to speed the other team up and get them out of their rhythm.”

Halifax is getting better on the boards, the result of extra drills in practice, Murray added.

“We’ve been working on rebounding in practice and preaching boxing out,” he explained.

“They’re responding to it very well, because they can see in the game that it works. 

“We’re getting better every day, and if we continue to improve great things are going to happen.”