Spartans turn focus to postseason tourneys

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

The St. David’s duo of Sophie Shears and Tiffany Bartholomew combined to score 31 points Friday, handing Kerr-Vance a 40-22 loss on the final night of the Eastern Plains Independent Conference regular season.

KVA (11-9, 5-7 EPIC) finished tied for fourth in the standings with Grace Christian of Raleigh and will either host or visit Grace in the first round of the league tournament on Tuesday.

St. David’s is third in the standings behind Halifax Academy and Cary Christian.

“Our goals are still to qualify for the state tournament and I think we have a decent chance,” said KVA head coach Brian Russell.

Bartholomew finished with 16 points for the Warriors and Shears had 15.

St. David’s led 16-1 after the first quarter of KVA’s Senior Night.

“St. David’s is too good of a team to get down that much on,” said Russell. “I thought they moved the ball well. They exploited our zone. They’re playing really, really well.”

The Spartans outscored the Warriors 10-6 in the second quarter but trailed 30-17 entering the final period.

“We just got outplayed by them tonight,” said Russell. “Right now they’re just playing better than we are.”

Rachel Ross led KVA with 10 points, Rebecca Ross had five, Macy Lee Johnson 4, and Price Wester 3.

Wester, Cassidy Tucker, Jessica Moss, and Bryles Cutts were recognized for Senior Night.

“Senior Night is difficult because it’s emotional as it is,” said Russell. “But we never stopped playing hard and I think that’s been the signature of our season. We keep playing no matter what the score is. I’m proud of that.”

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