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Brogden girls championship - Ashley edges Laney

Laney's Amber Doniere shoots over Ashley's Felicity Havens, left, and Kaili Rich in the girls championship of the Leon Brogden Holiday Basketball Tournament at Hanover Hall on the campus of UNCW Saturday, Dec. 28, 2012. (Photo by Photo by Matt Born)

After an offensively anemic first half, Ashley junior forward Felicity Havens blew things open in the Leon Brogden Holiday Basketball Tournament girls championship game Saturday night.


Havens poured in 13 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to give Ashley its second straight tournament title with a 39-37 win against county rival Laney.

“Coach (Adrienne) Gale said ‘Don’t let up,’ ” Havens said. “As soon as you let up, someone else is coming harder.”

Havens’ offensive explosion was almost matched by Laney senior Amber Doniere, who also scored 13 second-half points. But the Screaming Eagles got a few more critical plays late in the game to take the win. 

Twice in the fourth quarter, Kaili Rich came up with offensive rebounds and putbacks. Twice in the final minute, Ingrid Jackson hit free throws to keep Ashley in front.

“I’m just glad that we got a little bit of a lead and held on to it for long enough,” Gale said.

The offense of the second half came only after the first half ended with Ashley holding an 10-8 lead. The two teams were a combined 5-for-29 in the first half. Gale said that kind of defense was expected.

“To hold a team to one point in a quarter and not give them any baskets, that was our motivation at halftime,” Gale said.”Again, it was just enough.”

And for the Screaming Eagles, three straight wins give them a heap of confidence heading into the conference season.

“I think they’re starting to believe in one another,” Gale said.