The Magna Vista girls basketball team used a strong second quarter to power past Halifax County 61-26 in Piedmont District action Tuesday night.
Magna Vista (17-5, 14-0 Piedmont) finishes the regular season undefeated in Piedmont play. The Warriors begin the Piedmont District Tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host No. 8 Tunstall Friday at 6 p.m.
Halifax (11-10, 6-8) enters the district tourney as the fourth seed and will host fifth-seeded Mecklenburg County Friday at 6 p.m.
Both sides played an even first quarter that ended in a 10-10 stalemate. The second frame was a different story.
Magna Vista started the second quarter on a 7-0 run, capped off by a steal from SaMya Williams, who threw a long pass down to the court to Dee Dee Giggetts who hit a layup and forced Halifax to call an early timeout.
The Warriors added a 10-0 run later in the frame, and ended up outscoring the Comets, 21-5, to go into the half with a 31-15 lead.
The strong defensive effort continued into the second half. Magna Vista started the third on a 14-0 run and held Halifax scoreless for the first seven minutes.
Magna Vista held a 47-19 lead heading into the final quarter.
Halifax coach Ray Reaves credited the Comets’ struggles to the Warriors’ aggressive style of play.
“Magna Vista is the undefeated and No. 1 seed for a reason, they pressure you, force you to speed up and turn the ball over and more importantly, they make you pay for your mistakes,” Reaves said.
It wasn’t all bad news for Halifax as Reaves found several positives in the Comets’ performance against the Warriors.
“We had stretches where we played very well,” Reaves said. “We handled their pressure well at times, and were able to get good, clean open looks.”
Reaves saw the most room for improvement in Halifax’s ability to hold onto the ball. Magna Vista forced 18 turnovers in the first half with 11 coming on steals.
“But like in most of our struggles, we still continue to turn the ball over way too much,” Reaves said. “We also gave up too many offensive rebounds that led to second chance points.”
Sophomore Olivia Seamster led Halifax with seven points while senior Shamya Hankins and junior Zylasia Morton added six points apiece.
Giggetts led Magna Vista with 16 points while Miranda Reynolds and Williams added 10 apiece. Williams also chipped in with seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Reynolds added four steals and two assists.
Cara Cooper, sports editor for Martinsville Bulletin, contributed to this report
Magna Vista 10 21 16 14 – 61
Halifax County 10 5 4 7 – 26
Halifax: Olivia Seamster 7, Shamya Hankins 6, Zylasia Morton 6, Malaysha Claiborne 5, Jadyn Harlow 2.
Magna Vista: Dee Dee Giggetts 16, Miranda Reynolds 10, SaMya Williams 10, N. Preston 6, M. Moyer 6, A. Woods 5, K. Hughes 4, S. Hairston 2, D. Reid 2.