Havelock girls struggle but hold off White Oak

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Havelock’s Natalie Johnson, right, and White Oak’s Latina Bailey battle for the ball on Tuesday at Havelock High. Johnson scored eight points as the Rams won the Coastal 3A Conference game 38-31.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 02:00 AM.

Havelock girls basketball coach Anna Spear could say little about her team’s 38-31 victory Tuesday in the Coastal 3A Conference opener at Havelock High.

"A win’s a win," she said. "It’s a conference win, and we found a way to get it done, as ugly as it may be."

The Rams (3-1, 1-0) trailed 17-14 with 5:01 left in the second quarter, but scored the last seven points of the half, including Apriel Barrette’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Havelock was aggressive defensively to start the third quarter and scored the first eight points to lead 29-17 midway through the period.

"I took a time-out and the thing I talked about was effort, resilience and determination," Spear said. "We were just bewildering around.

"We knew exactly what to expect from them with that 1-2-2 half-court trap, but we just never got in sync as an offensive unit."

Jalisa Wilson’s steal and layup put the Rams ahead 37-22 with 6:07 left in the game, but it was also Havelock’s last made basket of the contest.

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