Havelock coach Anna Spear did not see what she was hoping to see Tuesday in the Rams’ season opener against Northside.
The Monarchs toppled Havelock, 58-47, led by 33 points from star junior Kayla Stephens.
Havelock trailed most of the way, including a 26-17 halftime deficit and a 38-28 hole at the end of three.
“We were displaced a bit out there on the court tonight,” Spear said. “Our posts have to play better and we gotta get to the foul line.”
Getting to the foul line is something Stephens did plenty in the fourth quarter, icing the win for Northside by going 7-for-8 in crunch time.
“Having Kayla has been a luxury for the past two years,” Northside coach Chad Novelli said. “The main thing we need to work on coming out of tonight is cutting down on our turnovers.”
Northside committed 24 turnovers to the Rams’ 21.
An area that was dominated by the visitors was on the glass, where the Monarchs had a 34-26 advantage, led by Erin Bowerman’s 18.
“It was good to see Erin play that way. She is coming off an ACL injury and she brought a lot of toughness for us tonight,” Novelli said.
Freshman Aniylah Bryant led the Rams with 17 points, while Nseya Harden added 10.
Timia Grant and Adella Burrell scored 10 apiece to aid Stephens for Northside.
“Northside is a good program and playing them will only help us down the road,” Spear said. “I thought our defense was going to play much better than it did tonight.”
Northside-Jacksonville 11 15 12 20 - 58
Havelock 8 9 11 19 – 47
Northside-Jacksonville (58) – Kayla Stephens 33, Adella Burrell 10, Timia Grant 10, Erin Bowerman 5.
Havelock (47) – Aniylah Bryant 17, Nseya Harden 10, Lexi Hall 7, NyAsia Blango 6, Alanna Williams 5, Shernecia Martin 2.
Rebounds: Northside-Jacksonville 34 (Bowerman 18), Havelock 26 (Blango 6). Turnovers:Northside-Jacksonville 24, Havelock 21. Free throws: Northside-Jacksonville 14-for-21 (67 percent), Havelock 3-for-8 (38 percent).
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.