Havelock girls basketball coach Anna Spear finally got the play out of her post players she’s been looking for all year.
The Rams totaled 66 rebounds and dominated inside in a 56-24 victory over White Oak in the first round of the Coastal 3A Conference tournament Monday at Havelock High.
“We’ve been trying to do that all year,” Spear said of Havelock’s inside game. “It showed up in little increments and then little thunderstorms tonight.”
Courtney Beall, standing at 5-foot-11, totaled 12 rebounds to lead the Rams under the bucket. She also added five points. Emily Bowman and Jalisa Wilson each had nine rebounds while Shernecia Martin had eight.
All those rebounds also led to 10 second-chance points for the Rams.
“I was real ecstatic about our rebounding,” Spear said. “Our posts are finally holding their ground, boxing out and going up and getting the ball and not rebounding flat-footed.”
The second-seeded Rams (14-8) advance to play in against either Richlands or Swansboro in the second round at 6 p.m. at Havelock High. The top-seeded Havelock boys will follow the girls game.
Seventh-seeded White Oak (2-18) committed eight turnovers in the first quarter in falling behind 13-5. But while the Vikings got better at hanging on to the ball, they struggled shooting it. After closing within 23-12 on Emily McClain’s basket to start the third quarter, White Oak went the next 9:02 without making a shot from the field.
Havelock took advantage with a 19-1 to put the game away in the second half.
Wilson had 13 points, while Shaolin McKinley added 11 for the Rams, who had 10 of 11 players score in the contest.
Hailey Czigler had eight points to lead White Oak.
White Oak 5 5 2 12 -24
Havelock 13 10 17 16 -56
White Oak (24) – Hailey Czigler 8, Dee Brown 5, Emily McClain 4, Tabitha Krick 2, Emily Massing 2, Jasmyn Daniels 2, Nya Anthony 1.
Havelock (56) – Jalisa Wilson 13, Shaolin McKinley 11, Shernecia Martin 8, Natalie Johnson 6, Courtney Beall 5, Vanessa Coyne 5, Shanice Frazier 2, Dominique Martinez 2, Ieisha Cooper 2, Emily Bowman 2.