Local Roundup: KVA boys advance in conference tourney
No. 3 Kerr-Vance defeated No. 6 Parrott Academy, 67-53, in Tuesday’s 2-A Eastern Plains Independent Conference tourney first-round boys game.
The Spartans advanced to meet No. 2 Rocky Mount Academy Friday at 8:30 p.m. at KVA. The Spartans lost both regular season meetings against RMA. The Eagles advanced to the semifinal matchup with a win over No. 7 Faith Christian.
Brandon Dickerson led KVA Tuesday with 20 points and six assists.
“He really controlled the game the whole time he was in there,” said Spartan coach Dave Carrier. “He made great decisions. He was the best player on the court tonight.”
R.J. Hunt added 13 points and Derrius Perry had 12.
Lady Spartans eliminated in Raleigh
The Kerr-Vance varsity girls were eliminated from the 2-A Eastern Plains Independent Conference Tournament Tuesday with a 44-24 loss at St. David’s.
The seventh-seeded Spartans trailed the No. 2 Warriors 18-8 at halftime.
“In my opinion, they have the best man-to-man defense in the conference,” said KVA coach Brian Russell. “They really shut us down.”
Rachel Ross led the Spartans with 10 points.
KVA finished 10-14 overall in Russell’s first season as head coach.
“It was a really good season,” said Russell. “It was fun and it was a pleasure to coach a great group of young ladies.”
Northern boys fall in close match at Chapel Hill
Northern Vance held Chapel Hill without a field goal in the fourth quarter Tuesday, but the Tigers held on for a 41-37 win.
Chapel Hill, tied atop the 3-A Carolina Standings with J.F. Webb, scored each of its 14 fourth quarter points at the free throw line.
The Vikings need a win Friday at Orange to stay alive in the 3-A state playoff hunt.
Northern coach Wilton Baskett said Tuesday’s game was played at a much slower pace than in Chapel Hill’s 59-48 win in Henderson last week.
“Both teams were being very selective with their shots,” said Baskett. “It was a slow-paced, deliberate game by both teams.”
Le’Darius Brandon led the Vikings with 12 points and Tavin Moore had 10.
Lady Colts’ season ends at Cresset
For the third time this season, Crossroads Christian played Cresset Christian to a close game, but couldn’t come out with a win.
No. 2 Cresset eliminated No. 7 Crossroads from the 1-A Carolina Christian Conference Tournament Tuesday with a 56-51 overtime win. The Colts lost the three meetings with Cresset this season by a combined 11 points.
The game was tied at 45 at the end of regulation.
Jessi Hayes led Crossroads with 27 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals, and five assists. Hayes leaves as the Colts’ all-time leading scorer (1,058 points), averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.1 steals this season.
Lizzy Long had eight points and nine rebounds Tuesday. Also scoring for Crossroads, which finished 9-14 on the season, were Caroline May (seven points), Michaela Nicholas (five points), Ali Arnold (five points), and Ashton Hayes (two points).