Big crowd watches Colts upend KVA, 65-51

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

Holden Hedgepeth and Zack Norris combined for 42 points and Crossroads Christian pulled away for a 65-51 win over Kerr-Vance Friday in a rowdy Colts’ gym.

Crossroads (2-1) led by four points entering the final quarter before outscoring KVA 24-14 to claim its first win over the Spartans (1-1) since a 74-68 overtime victory in 2008.

“Our guys are pumped,” said Colts’ coach Joseph Cooper. “Hopefully, we can continue it and keep this program headed in the right direction.”

Hedgepeth and Norris each had 21 points and Hedgepeth, a senior, scored nine of those in the fourth quarter.

KVA head coach Dave Carrier said Crossroads did a good job beating his team on the glass and that the Spartans had a tough time countering the inside play of Hedgepeth and Norris, a 6-foot-7 Wakefield High School transfer.

“I give them a whole lot of credit,” Carrier said of the Colts. “They played well. It was a great crowd and a good rivalry game. They were excited to get the win and we were disappointed with the loss. It was just a good high school game.”

Cooper, the Crossroads head coach and athletic director since 2010, said the gym featured the first true student section the Colts have had in his tenure.

“It was a great environment,” Cooper said of the “white-out” crowd. “KVA always travels well. The place was packed and a lot of people were standing for most of the game. It was just a great environment.”

Reid Sudheimer added 12 points for Crossroads.

KVA, led by R.J. Hunt’s 24 points and 14 rebounds, built a double-digit lead in the first half with Sudheimer and Norris in foul trouble and the Spartans led by one at halftime.

Freshman point guard Conner Bryant knocked down 4-of-5 free throws down the fourth-quarter stretch to give Crossroads a lift.

“We’re a work in progress,” said Cooper. “We haven’t arrived by any stretch of the imagination. But I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

Crossroads, which has a Carolina Christian Conference loss to Cresset Christian, travels to Friendship Christian Tuesday for a non-conference match.

KVA visits Rocky Mount Academy Wednesday in Eastern Plains Independent Conference action.

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