KVA defense shuts down Colts

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 12:37 AM

Kerr-Vance held Crossroads Christian scoreless in the first quarter Friday and Spartans’ head coach Brian Russell called it his team’s best defensive performance of the season.

The 38-18 win puts KVA in the final of its holiday tournament today against Franklin Academy at 3 p.m. The Colts will play The Burlington School in the consolation game at noon.

KVA led Crossroads 23-9 at halftime before taking a 29-15 lead into the third quarter.

The Spartans also won the first meeting between the crosstown rivals this season at Crossroads, 48-35.

“They’re a tough team to play,” said Russell. “It’s real physical. There’s a lot of fouls. You never really get a rhythm going offensively.”

Rachel Ross led KVA with 17 points and made nine of her 14 free throw attempts.

“She was our main offense in the second half,” said Russell.

Rebecca Ross finished with nine points for the Spartans and Macy Lee Johnson had eight.

Amber Peoples led the Colts with 10 points.

KVA fell to Franklin Academy in the championship game last season.

“We’d like to jump up and grab it if we can,” Russell said of winning the tourney. “I want to be more competitive with them than we were last year.”

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