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Comets stem Tunstall rally to take third win

A 46-18 lead after three quarters turned into somewhat of a nail-biter late before the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team claimed a 52-40 over Tunstall High School at home on Tuesday.

Halifax County (3-4), with Alexia Tucker hitting two 3-pointers and Lakia Martin and Brittani Boxley each scoring six points, bolted to an 18-2 lead after one quarter.

A 14-8 run in the second quarter made it 32-10 at halftime, with Martin scoring the final four of her 10 points for the game, and with Janiyah Logan hitting all six of her free throw opportunities after strong moves to the basket.

Tucker scored the final five of her 13 points in the third quarter, and Logan added a 3-pointer among her five points for the period, as the lead grew to 46-18 with a quarter remaining.

Things got interesting in the fourth quarter when the Comets starters went to the bench and Tunstall began grabbing the momentum with three 3-pointers during a 22-4 run that made it 50-40 with a minute remaining, before the Comets closed the game out.

Tunstall Coach Lee Tayon was pleased with his team’s comeback after a slow start, while Comets’ Coach Wayne Murray was not pleased with how the game turned in the final quarter. 

“I’m pleased with how the team came back and made a game of it,” said Lee.

“We have to have that (intensity) at the beginning of the game, also.

“It really hurt the team, because they had to expend so much energy, down by 30 and lose by 12.

“They need to bring it the whole game.”

Murray said his team did some good things to get the lead before the fourth quarter.

“Give credit to Tunstall, they didn’t quit,” said Murray.

“Our starting five did their job, and my hat goes off to them, they did what they were supposed to do.

“I tried to give some kids more experience.  There’s nothing wrong with what Tunstall did, they did what they had to do to get back into the ball game.

“They hit some threes, and we turned the ball over, probably six times in a row before we could get the ball over halfcourt.

“I’m happy for the win, but we have a lot of work to do to get some help for my starting five.

“We still have to play a lot more ball games.”

Tucker and Logan led Halifax County with 13 points apiece, Boxley had 11 and Martin 10, while Ashley Hill added three points and Rikisa Johnson two for the Comets, who were 14-18 at the free throw line in the win. 

Dominique Mulero led Tunstall with 13 points, while Jessi Strickland added 10 points for the Trojans, who were 4-17 from the free throw line.