Havelock boys use first-quarter outburst to beat White Oak


Havelock's Natalie Johnson, front, battles White Oak's D.J. Miller for a loose ball during Wednesday night's game.

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Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM.

The Havelock High girls basketball team took a key step toward a possibly playoff spot, beating White Oak 37-32 Wednesday in a Coastal 3A Conference game in Jacksonville.

The White Oak girls’ team (12-7, 4-5) was hoping to remain in fourth place in the conference. Instead, White Oak fell to fifth place while Havelock (9-8, 4-5) jumped to fourth since it has two wins this season over the Vikings. Havelock beat White Oak 38-31 on Dec. 11.

“Our conference, all of us are fighting to try to get into the playoffs now that we are in the second rotation (of league play),” Havelock coach Anna Spear said.

The conference gets five playoff spots, and the Rams have five league games left, starting with a home contest against Washington on Friday night.

In what was a back and forth but defensive battle, the Vikings took a 24-23 lead into the fourth quarter and led 26-25 with 5:35 left.

That’s when the Rams pulled away.

Havelock surged ahead with a 6-0 run, with two points coming on a layup by Shakina Dyer to give the Rams a 27-26 edge with 4:28 remaining. Kierra Fleming capped the spurt on a putback for a 31-26 cushion.

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