JACKSONVILLE – The visiting Havelock faithful erupted in cheers as the game momentarily stopped.
Havelock standout junior Aniylah Bryant had just surpassed the 1,000-point mark of her career with a second-quarter layup in a 60-42 Coastal 3A Conference win Friday night at Jacksonville-Northside.
“It was a good feeling hearing the crowd,” Bryant said. “It was a good feeling all-around.”
The 5-foot-10 Bryant entered just 8 points shy of 1,000. She nearly reached the feat in the first quarter as she scored 7 points in the opening period.
Then after a couple of unsuccessful shots in the second quarter, Bryant grabbed a long rebound, darted across the court and scored on a contested layup.
She was then congratulated by her teammates and coaches for a few moments before the game resumed.
“Whether it’s a male game or a female game, it doesn’t matter, it’s a milestone in a player’s career,” Havelock coach Anna Spear said. “And it was very considerate for Northside (top stop the game). They are a class school.”
For the record, Bryant ended with 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the Rams (9-0, 2-0) stay undefeated entering Monday’s game against Holly Springs in the Durham-Jordan MLK Tournament.
Bryant said she was aware how close she was, but added she’s simply wanted to play her game and not force the issue. She said she didn’t put any pressure on herself.
“Not really,” Bryant said. “I just thought of it as just another game.”
Last year’s Sun Journal area player of the year entered averaging 21.1 points per game. Spear said Bryant gives her all in practice and in games.
“She’s a die-hard and she absorbs every moment she’s out there,” she said. “She pushes herself, which makes it easier for me. She gives it all.”
And Bryant wants to continue giving her all as the Rams try to win a conference title this season.
“I always work hard, no matter if it’s at practice or a game,” she said. “And our team works together and we always pick each other up.”
Jacksonville-Northside 66, Havelock 43
Havelock's Anthony Harris had 12 points and 9 rebounds while Josh Reid added 11 points, but it wasn't enough as the Rams fell to Northside, which is now 13-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The Rams fell to 4-7, 0-2. Harris had 10 points in the first half.
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