The Halifax County Middle School boys basketball team remained unbeaten, topping Southside Middle School Conference opponent Russell Middle School 42-32 Thursday night at Russell Middle School.

Thursday night’s win improved the Lions’ record to 7-0 on the season.

“We had a tough game against a really talented Russell team,” noted Lions head coach Nelson Baskervill.

“The boys showed a lot of heart and fought through the physicality of the game and pulled off a big win. They played very well together, talking on both ends of the floor, hustling and getting after the loose balls.”

Halifax County Middle School had two players to reach double figures in the scoring column, with Kanya Caddle leading the team with 18 points, 13 of which he scored in the second half. Josh Miller chipped in 11 points, as the pair accounted for 29 of the team’s 42 points.

Atavion Mabins and Arious Sweeney followed with five points each. Titus Tucker Jr. added two points, and Jamarri Craighead scored one point.

The first half was close throughout, with the two teams finding themselves deadlocked at 6-6 at the end of the first quarter, and the Lions holding a 17-16 edge at halftime.

Halifax County Middle School had a strong third quarter offensively, with team’s defense doing a solid job on the other end of the floor. The Lions outscored Russell Middle School 16-8 in the third quarter to take a 33-24 lead heading into the final period.

Caddle and Miller spearheaded the Lions’ offense in the third quarter, with Caddle scoring seven points and Miller getting six, as the pair accounted for 13 of the team’s 16 points in the period.

The fourth quarter was a tough one for both teams. Halifax County Middle School had only two field goals in the final quarter but hit six of seven free throw attempts to help seal the win.

Halifax County Middle School finished the game with a slight edge at the free throw line, going 9-19, while Russell Middle School was 6-12 at the charity stripe.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at