Lady Spartans downed by Franklin Academy

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 09:53 PM

Franklin Academy’s defensive pressure was too much for Kerr-Vance to handle Saturday in the championship match of KVA’s Chick-fil-A Holiday Hoops Invitational. The Patriots won 47-19.

“We were just overmatched today and their man-to-man pressure was far and away the best we’ve played against,” said KVA coach Brian Russell. “They forced a lot of turnovers on us. They’re a very good team.”

Franklin Academy led 32-13 at halftime and 39-15 after three quarters.

The Patriots’ Nikki Bell was the tourney MVP. She and Amelia Hoffman both had 12 points for Franklin Academy Saturday.

“She goes to the basket tough,” Russell said of Bell. “She gets in the lane, shoots well. She’s a good all-around player.”

Joining Bell and Hoffman on the all-tourney team were Kerr-Vance’s Rebecca Ross and Rachel Ross, Crossroads Christian’s Jessi Hayes, and Nikki Zerma of St. Thomas More.

Rebecca Ross led KVA with eight points Saturday and Rachel Ross had five after an 11-point showing in Friday’s win over Crossroads. Price Wester added eight points in that game.

KVA is 8-4 overall and Russell fees like the Spartans are improving.

“I’m really, really pleased with the girls,” he said. “I think we’re getting better. We’ve got a tough second half. I don’t want (the loss) to diminish anything we’ve accomplished in the first half of the year because it’s really been great.”

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