What seemed to be a comfortable win at first turned into a struggle down the stretch for the Halifax County High School junior varsity girl’s basketball team, which led by 16 points halfway through the second quarter before holding on for a 39-37 win over Bassett High School at Halifax County High School on Friday.

Halifax County improved to 3-1 against Piedmont District teams and 7-1 overall with the win.

Jadyn Harlow led Halifax County with 13 points, and Alyssa Glasscock added eight points, including her team’s only 3-pointer coming with little more than two minutes remaining in the game.

That 3-pointer, along with a free throw by Glasscock on the front end of a 1-1 opportunity with 18 seconds left, gave Halifax County a 39-35 lead.

That proved to be enough to withstand a late basket by game-high scorer Jala Mays of Bassett and a missed shot at the buzzer by Bassett after a miss at the free throw line by the Comets, who were only 4-18 at the charity stripe for the game.

Tynia Carrington scored six points, Dakierra Graves scored four points, and Zy’Kaija Sims, Shania Torello, Vinique Winn and Jamiyah Chaney scored two points apiece for the Comets.

Halifax County, with Harlow scoring six first-quarter points, led 18-8 going into the second quarter, where the lead ballooned to as high as 26-10 on a basket by Carrington, who scored all of her points in the second quarter.

Leading 28-14 at halftime, the Comets went cold from the floor in the third quarter, with Bassett cutting its deficit to 31-24 with a quarter remaining.

A basket from Harlow gave Halifax County a 33-24 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bengals went on an 8-0 run to close to within 33-32 halfway through the quarter.

A basket by Sims gave the Comets a 35-32 lead before Glasscock’s 3-pointer, and the Comets hung on for the win, despite Mays’ late basket and a miss at the buzzer by the Bengals.