Havelock boys use first-quarter outburst to beat White Oak

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

The Vikings got within three in the final two minutes but no closer.

“We missed a couple of shots within the 3-point line that were open,” White Oak coach Carolyn Ashdown said. “Their defense is kind of big with their hands up and for us to try to penetrate and kick, we were not able to do it.”

White Oak was 2 of 13 from the field in the final eight minutes while Havelock was 4 of 7. The Rams’ primary focus on defense was to limit Vikings’ senior center Lyric Levester, who finished with 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Emily McLain had 11 points and 6 rebounds for WOHS while Tineisha Smith had 8 points and 6 boards.

“We still wanted to not allow penetration of No. 32 (Levester),” Spear said of her team’s fourth-quarter game plan. “We wanted to try to keep her out. We felt if we could contain (Levester and McLain) then we could stay in our matchups.”

But limiting Levester wasn’t just Havelock’s plan in the fourth quarter. The Rams spent the entire game defending the Vikings’ leading scorer.

“They just played zone and their defense made us struggle,” Ashdown said. “When we penetrated, they rotated one person in front and one person behind her. Every time she caught it, there was a person in the front and behind her. And the biggest thing came when somebody shot, they were able to put two people on her to box her out and get the rebound.”



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