Spartans quiet Crossroads' charge in 53-45 win

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 12:39 AM

Kerr-Vance held off Crossroads Christian Friday despite not converting a field goal in the final quarter of a 53-45 win.

Derrian Markham’s game-high 18 points led KVA, which lost its first meeting against the Colts by 14 points.

“I think they’re two pretty even teams,” said KVA head coach Dave Carrier. “If we played 10 times, it’d probably be five and five. They have a really good team and we were fortunate to win.”

The Spartans advanced to the championship game of their holiday basketball tournament today at 4:30 p.m. against The Burlington School, which rolled over Franklin Academy Friday. Crossroads and Franklin Academy meet in the consolation game at 1:30 p.m.

KVA led Crossroads by eight points at halftime after jumping out to a 21-8 first-quarter lead. The Spartans took a 45-36 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Colts got the margin down to three points with about three minutes to play, but the Spartans answered with two free throws from Markham.

“I’m really pleased,” said Carrier. “We played with more emotion tonight than we have all year long. I thought our defense was great.”
Each Spartan point in the fourth was registered at the free throw line.

Carrier said his team’s rebounding was a big difference between Friday’s game and the early season contest at Crossroads.
“Tonight we held our own and we rebounded with two hands,” said Carrier. “They didn’t get as many shots off and that’s big in high school basketball.”

KVA’s R.J. Hunt scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half. Carrier said the junior guard was slowed by a third-quarter injury.

Holden Hedgepeth led Crossroads with 18 points and Zack Norris had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

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