HAVELOCK | Havelock coach Anna Spear is looking for depth from her young team, with just two seniors.
Eight different players scored, with three in double figures, as the Rams beat Richlands, 67-39, in their Coastal 3-A Conference girls’ basketball opener at Havelock High on Tuesday.
“Our bench is getting a little better and that’s going to give us more depth, which was a goal of ours at the start,” Spear said.
Alanna Williams paved the way with 14 points and six rebounds, while Nseya Harden and NyAsia Blango netted 12 points apiece. Aniylah Bryant added eight points and six steals.
“We are looking for balance with assists and scoring. We are real pleased with that,” Spear said.
Havelock (5-0) led 17-8 after the first quarter and 35-18 at halftime.
The Rams ended the game on a 15-7 run.
Lanavaeh Fisher and Michelle Prichard both scored six, Isidre DeJesus scored five and Keltsy Hardee chipped in four.
Havelock’s pressure defense forced 29 turnovers and had 16 steals.
“Then we turned it over 15 times,” Spear said.
Havelock was outrebounded, 34-19, but distributed 10 assists.
The Rams also made 11-of-15 from the free throw line.
“We got out-boarded, but I was real pleased with what we shot at the free-throw line,” Spear said. “(Richlands) has three solid athletes. I really thought they were going to come hard at us in the second half.”
Havelock plays at White Oak on Friday.
Richlands 8 10 14 7 – 39
Havelock 17 18 17 15 – 67
RICHLANDS (39): Darby Baysden 14, Morgan Ervin 5, Corryn Barnes 12, Kiki Kornegay 4, Spencer Thompson 2, Kamryn DeVita 2.
HAVELOCK (67): Nseya Harden 12, Aniylah Bryant 8, NyAsia Blango 12, Alanna Williams 14, Lanavaeh Fisher 6, Isidre DeJesus 5, Michelle Prichard 6, Keltsey Hardee 4.
Rebounds: Richlands 34 (Ervin 17), Havelock 19 (Williams 6); Turnovers: Richlands 29, Havelock 15; Free throws: Richlands 9-22, Havelock 11-15. 3-pointers: Richlands 0, Havelock 6 (Harden 2, Blango 2, Fisher 2). Records: Richlands 4-3, 0-1 Coastal 3-A; Havelock 5-0, 1-0 Coastal 3-A.
Adam Thompson is the Sports Editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ