Rams run past Pam Pack

Published 3:08 am Wednesday, February 11, 2009

By Staff
By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
HAVELOCK — Mike Godley provided some serious energy off the bench as the senior scored a career-high 11 points. Godley’s play seemed to be contagious as the Washington Pam Pack erupted for 26 fourth-quarter points but, by then, it wasn’t enough in a 74-62 setback to Havelock.
The Pack (8-12, 2-11) has now dropped seven straight following Tuesday’s Coastal Conference loss.
“Mike brought that energy and toughness out there,” Washington coach Joe Lawrence said. “The other guys kind of followed suit.”
Taraja Langley added 15 points and Chris Albritton 11 for the Pack.
Havelock (9-12, 6-7) got 26 points from Jacorian Callier and 24 from Jeremy Duncan.
Lawrence, who praised the play of big men William Chance (five points) and Brandon Tripp (four points), said that turnovers was the difference.
“It’s going to be very, very hard to beat somebody with 23 turnovers,” Lawrence said. “I told (the players) that we committed 23 turnovers in 32 minutes, and it’s a big embarrassment for an ACC team to get over 15 (turnovers) in 40 minutes.
“It really surprised me because (Monday) we had one of the best practices we’ve had. I really thought they were ready to play, but we came out very tentative, (we were) telegraphing passes and we weren’t going to the boards hard.”
Havelock, getting 11 first-quarter points from Callier, jumped out to a 22-10 lead. The Rams pushed their advantage to 28-10 before consecutive triples from Godley, Albritton and Lindsey Harris (nine points) trimmed the deficit to 28-19.
However, the Rams responded with a 16-0 blitz to take a commanding 44-19 lead.
Havelock led by 19 after three quarters and by 20 early in the fourth. With the game basically in doubt, Washington turned it up a notch. Godley, Langley and Albritton all went strong to the hole to help the Pack notch the 26 points.
“I don’t know if we can play when there’s no pressure,” Lawrence said. “It seems like that’s how it’s been all season. You have to play the whole 32 minutes and tonight we played eight.”
Washington got as close as 12 in the final minutes, but Havelock kept its double-digit lead by nailing its free throws.
Hayley Stowe was a sparkplug for the Pam Pack girls, but what looked like a fast race car quickly idled after the first quarter.
Washington (9-11, 4-9) raced out to a 19-9 lead after the first quarter, but it was all Havelock (16-6, 10-3) after that.
“Really, we gave that game away in the first half,” Pam Pack coach Allison Jones said. “In the last two minutes of the first half, we had about a 10-point lead and we just refused to execute and run the clock. When we get tired of giving away those 10-point leads, then those (comebacks) will stop.”
Stowe, who has battled illness and injury nearly all season, came out red-hot. The junior scored eight of her team-high 16 points in the first quarter.
“It was good to see Hayley back to the form that we’re used to seeing,” Jones said.
Stowe’s layup early in the second quarter gave the Pack a 23-13 lead, but Havelock responded with a 9-0 run to pull within one. After the teams traded late baskets, Melissa Smith, who paced the Rams with 18 points, hit a short jumper that gave Havelock a 30-28 halftime edge.
The Rams outscored Washington 16-5 in the third and 14-8 in the fourth to pull away.
“We came out uninspired in the second half,” Jones said. “When you allow a team to score 12 straight points on you, that builds a lot of confidence. That train is sometimes hard to stop.”
Jordan Cantrell added 11 points and Davey Ann Burbage seven for the Pack.
Alyssa Luebs and Kelley McCaffity had 12 apiece for the Rams.
Washington still has an outside shot at a playoff berth, but may need some help from other teams.
The Pack closes out regular season play Thursday at West Carteret.
Washington 10 11 15 26 — 62
Havelock 22 22 11 19 – 74
Taraja Langley 15, Mike Godley 11, Chris Albritton 11, Harris 9, Griffin 5, Chance 5, Tripp 4, Horton 2.
Jacorian Callier 26, Jeremy Duncan 24, Bell 6, Russell 5, Godette 4, Covin 4, Webster 2, Buntyn 2, Jolly 1.
Washington 19 9 5 8 — 41
Havelock 9 21 16 14 – 60
Hayley Stowe 16, Jordan Cantrell 11, Burbage 7, Simpkins 3, Grice 2, Burke 2, Batchelor, R. Cantrell, McIver.
Melissa Thomas 18, Kelley McCaffity 12, Alyssa Luebs 12, McMillan 5, Wilson 4, Godette 3, Bailey 2, Nix 2, M. McCaffity 2.