Hectoring Spearville repeatedly with full court pressure, Haviland’s girls used the fourth quarter to expand an already sizeable lead to level Spearville in Thursday’s consolation game at the SPIAA tourney, 49-24.


   Hectoring Spearville repeatedly with full court pressure, Haviland’s girls used the fourth quarter to expand an already sizeable lead to level Spearville in Thursday’s consolation game at the SPIAA tourney, 49-24.
   Led by Hannah William’s 17 points the Lady Dragons outscored the Lancers in all but the sluggish third quarter, when the two teams combined for a meager 16 points.  Kimberly Ralstin added 13 in a performance Coach Mark Clodfelter found gratifying after the 24-point loss to tourney juggernaut South Gray Monday night.
   “The loss against South Gray was a learning experience and it made us a better team,” Clodfelter said.  “The game against Spearville was an opportunity to see if we improved some aspects of our game after Monday’s loss.”
    Despite having a rotation of only six players, Clodfelter pressed Spearville much of the game, saying later his team is “hopefully getting into better shape.”
   Clodfelter attributed much of Thursday’s outcome to his squad “controlling the tempo” and “becoming more aggressive” as in “diving on the floor after loose balls.”  He also expressed satisfaction with his team showing “patience looking for high percentage shots.”
   The girls will next be in action Tuesday when they face Ingalls at Mullinville.