VANCEBORO | The Havelock Rams did what they know best – play pressure defense and push the tempo.
The Rams forced 25 turnovers and had three score in double figures in their 68-24 win over West Craven in the regular-season finale for both scores Thursday evening in Vanceboro.
“That’s been our forte all year. We have to play defense like that,” said Havelock coach Anna Spear.
Aniylah Bryant scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals. NyAsia Blango added 15 points four assists and four steals. Lanavaeh Fisher chipped in 13 points and five steals.
“We don’t take anyone for granted. These guys (West Craven) have played a couple nice games,” Spear said. “I’m proud of my guys, they’ve played three hard games this week.
“We got a little more work with our bench depth.”
Havelock (21-2, 11-1), which finishes the season tied for first in the conference with Jacksonville, got seven points from Nseya Harden and six apiece from Keltsy Hardee and Alexandria Brown.
Brown’s putback lifted Havelock to a 54-24 edge after three quarters. A running clock was ignited with 3:55 remaining after Harden swished a three from the top of the key.
“Alex did well in spurts. As a team, we have to continue to have continuity and consistency,” Spear said.
West Craven seniors Amani Wooten, Moesha Gorman, Tamoni Rasberry and Giovanna Blancas started on Senior Night.
“Two of the four seniors have been in the program all four years,” said West Craven coach Lea Wedesky. “They all are in the ROTC program and they all have those leadership qualities and they never quit.
“I can’t ask for more than that.”
West Craven scored first on a bucket by Tiashia Chapman before Havelock used a 14-1 run to take charge. The Rams led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Rams extended their lead to 31-17 by halftime.
Junior Dottie Dixon scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Eagles (2-21, 2-10) and Chapman, a junior, contributed nine points and eight boards.
“Between them, they are able to bang on the boards. They are coming back next year, so that’s really exciting,” Wedesky said.
The Coastal 3-A Conference Tournament started on Monday.
Havelock 18 13 23 14 – 68
West Craven 8 9 7 0 – 24
HAVELOCK (68): Aniylah Bryant 19, NyAsia Bryant 15, Nseya Harden 7, Lanavaeh Fisher 13, Keltsy Hardee 6, Alexandria Brown 6, Isidre DeJesus 2.
WEST CRAVEN (24): Dottie Dixon 10, Tiashia Chapman 9, Samantha Lilly 3, Aiyanna Rodriguez 2.
Rebounds: Havelock 33 (Hardee 9), West Craven 29 (Chapman 8); Turnovers: Havelock 7, West Craven 25; 3-pointers: Havelock 5 (Fisher 3, Bryant, Harden), West Craven 2 (Dixon, Lilly); Free throws: Havelock 3-8, West Craven 4-10. Records: Havelock 21-2, 11-1 Coastal 3-A, West Craven 2-21, 2-10.
Adam Thompson is the Sports Editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ