Carrier earns Coach of Year honors as Spartans wrap up season
Kerr-Vance’s 78-64 loss to Rocky Mount Academy Friday in the semifinals of the 2-A Eastern Plains Independent Conference ended the Spartan varsity boys’ season.
KVA will not earn an at-large bid in the 12-team 2-A state tournament field despite finishing 20-6 overall (11-3 in conference).
The Spartans finished in a three-way tie for first place in the regular league standings alongside Rocky Mount Academy and Grace Christian of Raleigh. Grace earned the tiebreaker and an automatic state tourney bid.
“We’re disappointed,” said KVA coach Dave Carrier, who was named conference Coach of the Year Saturday. “But in the same right, with only 12 teams, we understand it’s a tough choice.
“It doesn’t take anything away from our season. I’m just proud of them. It was one of the best seasons I’ve ever been associated with as a coach.”
Brandon Dickerson, Derrius Perry and R.J. Hunt were each named all-conference for the Spartans and Tyson Carrier made the all-tourney team.
No. 2 Rocky Mount Academy defeated No. 1 Grace in the final Saturday. The varsity girls championship was not played.
Dickerson and Tyson Carrier each had 20 points in Friday’s loss and Perry had 12.
KVA was up 45-42 at halftime.
“I’m not so much sad that we lost,” said Dave Carrier. “Just sad that we won’t be together anymore.”