Havelock advances with easy first-round victory

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Havelock's Jalisa Wilson, center, puts up a shot between Fayetteville Westover defenders Alyanna Stallworth, left, and Kylah Saylon during a first-round playoff game on Monday at Havelock High. Wilson scored a game-high 23 points as the Rams won the game 69-39.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM.

Fayetteville Westover arrived late to Havelock for Monday’s first-round girls basketball playoff game – in more ways than one.

The Wolverines ran into traffic delays caused by a crash, arriving about 10 minutes before the scheduled tip-off, and then managed just two points in the first quarter in a 69-39 loss to the Rams at Havelock High.

“I was extremely pleased with our defense, especially because we knew we had to start strong,” Havelock coach Anna Spear said.

The 13th-seeded Rams (15-9) jumped out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter. Ieisha Cooper scored Havelock’s first five points, Jalisa Wilson added five more, and Natalie Johnson and Shaolin McKinley added four each in the first quarter.

Havelock continued the onslaught in the second quarter, taking a 32-11 halftime lead.

“We shot the ball better than we’ve shot the ball all year, particularly in the first half,” Spear said.

Wilson scored 15 of her game-high 23 points in the first half.

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