With four defensive steals turning into eight straight Halifax County High School points over the first two-and-a-half minutes, the outcome of the Comets’ game Wednesday night against Prince Edward County High School quickly became clear.
The four straight layups from senior Dee Dee Jeffress put the Comets up 8-0, and they never looked back, running away to a 54-19 win.
Wednesday night’s victory gave the Comets a sweep of their two meetings against Prince Edward County High School.
“I’m very proud of the girls and the way they played,” remarked Comets head coach David Graham following his team’s second win in as many nights.
“It was a good overall team win. All of the girls got to play, 12 players scored, and we were able to rest the starters a lot.”
Jeffress led the dozen Comets players that got into the scoring column with 10 points, eight of them coming in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the game. Saviana Bailey and Shamya Hankins followed with six points each, and Kamyria Woody-Giggetts, Lauryn Easley and Demeisha Canada chipped in five points each.
Kayla Townes and Dezheona Mitchell scored four points each, Talitha Marable scored three points and Lynia Reed and Grace Langford each scored two points.
The Comets’ pressure defense did its job against the Eagles, forcing Prince Edward County High School into numerous turnovers. Halifax County High School’s defense allowed only eight field goals in the game by Prince Edward County High School.
Halifax County High School led 13-4 with two minutes left in the first quarter, and rang up seven unanswered points with a 3-pointer from Marable and a basket each from Reed and Woody-Giggetts to lead 20-4 at the end of the opening quarter.
In a slow second quarter for both teams, the Comets added another point to their lead and went into the halftime break holding a 23-8 lead.
A layup from Jeffress off of a steal and a pair of free throws from Townes put the Comets up 27-8 after the first two-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter. Leading 29-13, the Comets ran off eight unanswered points, six of them from Hankins and two from Woody-Giggetts, to lead 37-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
On top 44-19, the Comets scored 10 unanswered points over the final 5:18 of the contest, six of them coming from Bailey, to pull away to the 35-point win.
Halifax County High School finishes its busy three-game week Friday night, traveling to Ridgeway to face Piedmont District leader Magna Vista High School. Action starts with the junior varsity contest at 5:30 p.m. The varsity contest will begin at 7 p.m.