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Confidence helps in win for Comets

A good dose of confidence — that’s what the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team was looking for in a game at home Saturday against Gretna High School.

Helped by a half court buzzer beater by Brittani Boxley to end the first quarter, that’s what the Comets ultimately got in a 51-35 win that somewhat erased memories of the 62-46 home loss to Magna Vista High School the night before.

Boxley scored a team-high 16 points for Halifax County, including the buzzer-beater, and Janiyah Logan added 13, including a 3-pointer.

Lakia Martin scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer, Ashley Hill added six points, and Alexia Tucker and Rikisa Johnson each chipped in two points for the Comets, who led 15-6 after one quarter and built its advantage to 25-10 at halftime with the help of eight total points from Boxley and Logan in the second quarter.

Halifax County (3-6 Piedmont District, 8-8 overall) led by as much as 37-12 midway through the third quarter and coasted home to the win from there, with Martin adding six fourth-quarter points and Logan five, including her 3-pointer.

Tayanna Gilbert led Gretna (6-8) with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, three of them coming on consecutive trips down the floor in the third quarter.

“I told them before the game, “You have to listen and go out and play your game,’” said Comets Head Coach Wayne Murray.

“Let’s do what we want to do, and not let them force us into stuff.”

After running into foul trouble against Magna Vista, Boxley responded by leading her team in scoring and collecting only two fouls against Gretna.

“Brittani Boxley stepped up.  I needed her the entire game last night, but she got into foul trouble and had to sit the first half,” Murray explained.

“But, she learned from it, and that’s what the whole process is all about.

“We want to finish better than we started, and we’re still working toward achieving our goal.

“They played better under control tonight, and they executed and finished.

“Every team misses some layups, but they came back and hit baskets, and that’s all I’m asking them to do.

“We didn’t turn it over as much, and overall it was a great effort.”