Ashley's boys and girls teams suffer defeat
Fri. November 30, 2012 at 11:20 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
Ashley's Felicity Havens battles for possession against 71st at the Wilmington school Friday, November 30, 2012. (Photo by Star News photo by Matt Born )
A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn't enough to erase a poor start for Ashley's girls basketball team Friday night, and the Screaming Eagles lost to Fayetteville Seventy-First 50-40.
The game was Ashley's first early test against powerful out-of-area competition, and it was also Ashley's first game without starting center Morgan Davis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game.
Ashley's trademark trapping defense wasn't able to corral 71st in the first half, as the Falcons passed through it. Offensively, Ashley hesitated and fell into turnovers. At the end of the first half, Ashley trailed 32-16 and had 13 turnovers.
"You could say that they were scared," Ashley coach Adrienne Gale said. "It was their time to get playing time and they weren't ready for it. But it's the time to learn."
The Eagles trailed by 19 to start the fourth quarter, but rallied by feeding junior forward Felicity Havens.
Havens scored 11 of her 22 points in the final period as Ashley clawed the deficit down. The Eagles closed the gap to single digits late in the fourth quarter, but got no further than nine points.
"We finally got our post to touch the ball," Gale said. "And we finally got Fe to touch the ball and attack the basket."
Seventy-First 60, Ashley 56
Late in the fourth quarter with Seventy-First up one point against Ashley, Falcons guard Brandon Harvey scored his first points.
The junior split a double-team and dropped in a layup with just 2:38 to play and put Seventy-First up by three. That shot and some excellent clutch free-throw shooting was enough to push the Falcons to a 60-56 road win against Ashley.
Ashley entered the game without leading scorer Tyree Gathright, out with an ankle injury, and was further hampered when center T.J. Williams was forced to the bench with foul trouble for much of the first half.
Despite those limitations, the game was tied at halftime and Ashley led by three heading into the fourth quarter. Ridell Camidge led the Eagles with 16 points and Nick Greyno scored eight filling in for Williams.
"It's going to be like that," Ashley coach Bryn Mcswain said. "We're going to have different guys every night step up."
But a 6-2 run by Seventy-First to open the fourth quarter put the Falcons on top. They also went 11-for-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to seal the game.