Prep Roundup: Big Eight hoops tourneys to go on

Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

There will be a 3-A Big Eight Conference Tournament after all for the Northern Vance and J.F. Webb boys and girls basketball teams.

The league announced on Saturday that the tourneys will be played Wednesday through Friday.

The regular season finale between Northern Vance and J.F. Webb will be contested Monday at Northern.

In wrestling, the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A Mideast Regional featuring Southern Vance was moved to Sunday as was the 3-A Mideast Regional with Northern and Webb.

KVA wrestling season ends in High Point

Three Kerr-Vance wrestlers competed in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association state tournament on Friday and Saturday.

None of the Spartans placed in the event held at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point.

First-year KVA head coach Charlie Carroll, the former Southern Vance head coach, said he was pleased with the level of competition for James Averette, Jared Hicks and Ben Johnson.

“The matches I saw, everybody was wrestling hard and everybody was trying to do their best,” said Carroll. “That’s what you’re looking for.”

Carroll said he wasn’t disappointed in the Spartans’ results, but thought they could have been a little better.

Hicks finished third in the state as a 120-pound eighth-grader last season. He had a bye as a fifth-seeded freshman this year in the first round at 132 pounds before falling to a competitor from Metrolina Christian on Friday.

Hicks won two consolation matches Saturday before a defeat to Trevor Tucker of Southlake Christian.

Johnson, also a freshman, lost two matches on Friday at 126 pounds and Averette, a junior, lost once Friday and again on Saturday morning.

Carroll said Averette got a tough draw Friday, falling to No. 3 Mark Saleh of Charlotte Christian.

“I’m happy with where we are,” said Carroll, whose team battled injuries throughout its campaign. “I would definitely love to get an injury-free season to see where we’d be ending up. But that’s the nature of the sport. There’s going to be injuries.”

KVA girls eliminated from tourney semifinals

Kerr-Vance bowed out of the Eastern Plains Independent Conference basketball tourney semifinals on Saturday, falling 41-31 to top-seeded Halifax Academy.

The fourth-seeded Lady Spartans’ record dropped to 12-10 overall.

KVA’s fate in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association Class 1-A Tournament will be determined today.

“I just want to get in,” said Spartans head coach Brian Russell, who thinks his team has at least a decent shot to get in.

Halifax went on to win the EPIC tourney title, which was also played on Saturday. The Vikings defeated No. 2 Cary Christian by double digits after the Knights knocked off No. 3 St. David’s in the semifinals.

Sophomore post player Kelly Williams tallied 28 points, giving Halifax Academy its third win of the season over KVA.

“She hurts everybody though,” said Russell.

KVA, which got 12 points each from Rebecca Ross and Rachel Ross, trailed 22-15 at halftime before succumbing to foul trouble. The Spartans got within six in the final period.

“We just made too many mistakes,” said Russell.

Eagles upended by Roanoke Rapids

Playing its first game in eight days, Warren County’s run at a 2-A Northern Carolina Conference regular season championship took a hit on Saturday.

The Eagles lost their second league game in a 42-40 defeat to Roanoke Rapids.

Warren County is still alive for a conference championship. A win on Tuesday at home against one-loss Bunn would put the Eagles, who have a win over the Wildcats, back in first place.

The Eagles also play N.C. School of Science and Math this week and close the regular season at Southern Vance on Friday.

Head coach Wanda Thompson said the shots weren’t falling against Roanoke Rapids. Warren County wasn’t hitting from 3-point range and shot 50 percent from the foul line.

“We just did not play good team ball,” said Thompson.

Justin Fitts had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Eagles and Dennis Waddell had seven points.

Fitts and Waddell were honored for Senior Night along with Charlie Williams, Kaelen Evans, Jaylen Jones, Jarrod Jones, Chris Privett, Antonio Thompson, Rashawn Steverson, Bobby Bullock, and Brian Hardy.

The Eagles girls, battling to stay near the middle of the Northern Carolina standings, also won over Roanoke Rapids. Sierra Hicks, Alexis French and Symone Teague were recognized for Senior Night.