Lady Spartans advance in EPIC tourney, boys eliminated

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 07:33 PM

Rebecca Ross scored 19 points Monday and Kerr-Vance advanced to the semifinals of the Eastern Plains Independent Conference Tournament with a 47-33 win over Grace Christian of Raleigh.

KVA head coach Brian Russell said Ross played one of her best games of the season, leading the Spartans to a dominant fourth quarter.

“She’s basically been our rock this season, our most steady player,” said Russell. “She kept us steady in the fourth quarter.”

No. 5 KVA advanced to meet top-seeded Halifax Academy, which had a bye through the first round, on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Rocky Mount Academy.

Rachel Ross added 14 points and Cassidy Tucker chipped in with six points.

KVA and fifth-seeded Grace split during the regular season and tied for fourth place in the standings. Grace beat the Spartans by three points a week ago.

“To me it was like a revenge game,” said Russell.

KVA led 23-11 at halftime and 32-27 entering the fourth quarter.

The winner of KVA-Halifax meets either No. 2 Cary Christian or No. 3 St. David’s on Saturday in the championship game.

KVA bows out of tourney

Kerr-Vance was eliminated from the Eastern Plains Independent Conference Tournament Monday in a 68-56 loss at Rocky Mount Academy.

The Spartans (10-13) have an outside shot of slipping into the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association Class 1-A Tournament. The field will be announced on Sunday.

KVA has one senior, Derrian Markham, and lost 11 of 13 players from a team that finished 19-6 last season and tied for first in the league.
“We’ve had a really good season,” said Spartans head coach Dave Carrier. “I think we overachieved in a lot of people’s eyes this year. I’m really proud of the guys.”

Markham scored 16 points Monday and R.J. Hunt led the team with 21 points.

Sixth-seeded KVA was down 30-28 at halftime before No. 3 RMA took a 52-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Spartans got the lead back down to eight before running out of gas.

“They kept the pressure on us,” said Carrier. “We really played well. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

RMA advanced to play No. 2 St. David’s on Friday. The other semifinal matchup features No. 1 Cary Christian against either No. 4 Grace Christian or No. 5 Parrott Academy.