- Last Updated on 07:57 AM 12/03/12
- BY Joe Chandler
For the second time in as many games the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team held an opponent under 30 points, and for the second time they came away with a win, this one a 49-20 rout of Person High School at home on Friday.
Just as in Monday’s 68-27 win over E.C. Glass, defensive pressure was the key, with the Comets (2-0) forcing 33 turnovers, 12 in each of the first two quarters.
Halifax led 15-6 after one quarter and a 17-4 run in the second period stretched the margin to 32-10 at halftime.
The lead mushroomed to 43-15 after three quarters, and both teams rotated players through the final quarter to the final buzzer.
Lexi Tucker scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in three quarters before heading to the bench, and Logan Holmes added 13 points, also in three quarters of play.
Sheraine Claughton scored seven points and Lakia Martin chipped in five points for Halifax County, with Che’Lese Bowman scoring four and Whitney White and Brittani Boxley two points apiece.
Christina Harris scored six points to lead Person High School, while Tiarra Harris added four and Janeesha Graves three points on her team’s only 3-pointer of the night.
Tucker connected on a pair of 3-pointers, and Claughton and Bowman each added a 3-pointer for the Comets, who were 4-11 from 3-point range in the first half but 0-6 after halftime.
Comets Head Coach Billy Lucas again pointed to defense as the primary factor in the win, with the Comets getting a number of easy baskets in transition following Person turnovers.
Lucas added his team’s pressure worked well in both the half court and full court.
“We got a lot of turnovers, we made them work hard for what they got, and we hit some shots tonight,” said Lucas.
All but one of Lucas’ 13-player roster got playing time on Friday, mostly by design but partly by necessity, Lucas added.
“We had several players who were ill or weren’t feeling well,” he noted, and we wanted to rotate players in and out to rest them as much as possible with six games coming up the next two weeks.
Free throw shooting continues to be an area of concern, according to Lucas.
Halifax County was only 5-20 from the foul line, while Person was 5-7.
That’s one of the things his team will focus on in practice, what with three games in each of the next two weeks.
“We have a lot to do in a short amount of time to get ready,” Lucas noted.
Halifax County hosts Heritage High School tonight, travels to Martinsville on Wednesday and caps a busy week with a home game Friday against Bassett High School.
Three Point Field Goals: Tucker (HC) 2, Bowman (HC) 1, Caughton (HC) 1; J. Graves (P) 1