Ashley girls crushed in Brogden title game


Ashley's Felecity Havens has the ball stolen by Millbrook's Destinie Dun (left) and Jaylann Dillard during the championship game of the Leon Brogden Holiday Basketball Tournament. (Photo by Jason A. Frizzelle)


Late in the third quarter of Saturday’s girls championship game of the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament, Ashley senior Felecity Havens looked up as a pass came to her for what seemed like a quick fastbreak layup.

Before she got far, however, three Raleigh Millbrook defenders surrounded Havens and poked the ball away from her out of bounds.

The Wildcats were everywhere.

Ashley committed 27 turnovers and could not keep up with Millbrook in losing the title game 59-38 at Trask Coliseum.

“It was just a lack of confidence in themselves, in each other,” Ashley coach Adrienne Gale said. “No one wanted the ball in their hands. When they did, we’d try to do too much. Bad shot selections. It just wasn’t pretty.”

The Screaming Eagles (9-4) had an 11-minute stretch in the first half in which they scored two points. During that time, the Wildcats (10-2) turned an early tie into a 22-6 advantage. Ashley had nowhere to go with the ball on offense as multiple defenders met Havens or any other ball-handler the moment she made a move.

On defense, the Eagles tried a half-court trap, but Millbrook beat it with quick passes and rebounded many of their misses.

Ashley closed the second quarter with 10 points in the final 2:34 to pull within 25-16 at halftime and made the opening basket of the second half. But Millbrook went on an 18-1 run after that to make the game a blowout.

“You would think that we’d have some sort of fight after you bring it within seven that quick,” Gale said. “Then all of the sudden it’s 15. It’s just ugly.”

Havens scored a team-high 19 for Ashley, but the guard combo of Kai Crutchfield and Dazia Powell countered with 28 for Millbrook and provided stout defense against the Eagles’ top scorer.

“There has to be a balance of wanting the ball in your hands, stepping up and doing what you can for your team. But other people have to make sure they’re willing and ready to help out, too,” Gale said. “We just have to play better.”



– Vince Nairn



TUSCARORA (VA), 48, HOGGARD 37

Alexis Bailey poured in 27 points for the Huskies, including four 3-pointers and 16 second-half points. Teammate Jazmyne Howard added 10 points and nine rebounds.

For Hoggard, it was Julia Buehler leading with 11 points.

The Vikings led 35-34 late in the third quarter, but managed only two points in the final period as Tuscarora took command.

“The difference is just toughness,” Hoggard coach Boubacar Aw said. “They were much tougher than we were.

“It’s almost like the story for every game. We get banged around and we don’t respond.”

Hoggard rallied from an early 8-0 deficit and tied the score at 21-21 on Emma Haywood’s two free throws midway through the second period.

Jessica Bennion’s steal and layup with 2:55 left in the first half, gave the Vikings their first lead, at 23-21.



– Tom Grady



Laney 47, New Hanover 26

After allowing 15 first-quarter points, Laney ratcheted up its defense and cruised to an easy victory to claim fifth place.

The Bucs (12-1) held New Hanover to just three field goals over the final three quarters and just 11 points.

“I thought defensively we were very active,” Laney coach Sherri Tynes said. “I thought we did a good job scrambling to the ball and trying to keep it alive.”

A 26-19 halftime lead ballooned to 39-24 after Laney got hot from 3-point range in the third quarter. Tiana Edwards scored 11 of her 13 points during the period. She hit three deep 3-pointers.

The Bucs sank eight 3s, including four by Bailey Edwards. The sophomore finished with a game-high 14 points.

Alex Simmons and Kapria Pressley scored 13 of New Hanover’s (5-6) 15 first-quarter points, but they were held to just three the rest of the game.

Pressley entered the game averaging 20 points per game in the tournament, but she was held to just five on 2-for-7 shooting.

“You’ve got such a huge task trying to contain Kapria,” Tynes said. “She’s such a great player and we have such great respect for her.”



– Tim Hower

Kinston 55, Havelock 29

Junior Takerian Harper scored 16 points to power the Vikings to a comfortable victory in the third-place game.

Kinston (6-2) held the Rams scoreless in the second quarter, and the defending Class 2A state champs cruised from there, bouncing back from a Friday loss to Ashley. Five different Vikings scored at least eight points.

Senior Natalie Johnson paced Havelock (5-6) with nine points.

-- Eric Detweiler

All-Tournament Team

Kapria Pressley, New Hanover

Lydia Rivers, Kinston

Alexis Bailey, Tuscarora (Va.)

Felecity Havens, Ashley

Kai Crutchfield, Raleigh Millbrook (MVP)