KVA girls bow out of state tourney

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 09:15 PM

The Kerr-Vance girls basketball season ended Tuesday at Hickory Christian Academy in the first round of the state tournament.

The ninth-seeded Spartans (12-11) fell 37-34 at No. 8 Hickory Christian (16-4), which advanced to the quarterfinals of the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association Class 1-A Tournament to face No. 1 Northwood Temple Academy.

KVA was within three points of Hickory Christian at the end of each period, but never quite caught up.

“We knew they liked to shoot 3s,” KVA head coach Brian Russell said of Hickory Christian. “They made five 3s and four in the first half.”

Rachel Ross and Rebecca Ross each had 10 points for KVA and Russell highlighted the play of Rebecca Ross and her fellow captain Price Wester.

It was the first appearance in a girls state tournament in six years for the Spartans, who set a goal of reaching the postseason at the beginning of the season.

“This was a great group of ladies,” said Russell. “I’m blessed to be their coach. They’re just great kids. You hate to see the season end for them. I’m definitely going to miss those seniors.”