From the opening tip, the Havelock girls basketball team controlled West Craven Tuesday night.


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From the opening tip, the Havelock girls basketball team controlled West Craven Tuesday night.



Havelock led 12-2 after a quarter and 25-5 at the half, en route to a 52-10 victory.



Freshman Lexi Hall had her second-straight strong performance with 13 points, after scoring 18 in a loss against Jacksonville on Friday. Fellow freshman Alanna Williams added 13 as well.



“We did some soul-searching after that Jacksonville loss and still are,” Havelock coach Anna Spear said. “We’ve got to understand our roles and really find our identity as a team.”



West Craven coach Lea Wedesky, who had been inspired by promise shown by her team in recent games, summed Tuesday’s game up with one word.



“Embarrassing,” she said. “We had been playing really well and competing well and to score just 10 points in a varsity basketball game, it’s disappointing to me and was the worst game we’ve played since our first one.”



The Eagles committed 35 turnovers and were outrebounded 27-23.



“Havelock came at us tough and gritty and instead of matching it, we backed down,” Wedesky said. “We hadn’t been doing that and that’s what is so disappointing about it, the regression.”



Apriel Barrette helped the Rams with nine points, three assists and five steals.



Havelock (7-6, 4-1) remains a game behind Coastal 3A Conference leader Jacksonville and will travel to Swansboro Friday.



West Craven (2-16, 2-4) hosts Jacksonville Monday.



Boxscore



Havelock (52) – Lexi Hall 13, Alanna Williams 13, Apriel Barrette 9, Jalisa Wilson 8, Shernecia Martin 4, Nseya Harden 3, Iesha Cooper 2.



West Craven (10) – Lauryn Cox 4, J’Miaya Wright 3, Gigi Blancas 2, Myanna Cuthbertson 1.



Team Stats



Rebounds: Havelock – 27 (Hall and Wilson 8), West Craven – 23 (Cuthbertson 7). Turnovers: Havelock – 17, West Craven – 35.Free Throws: Havelock 2-of-6, West Craven 3-of-10.



Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.