Spartans denied by strong Knights squad

Dec. 03, 2013 @ 11:09 PM

Kerr-Vance outscored Cary Christian by a point in the second and third quarters combined Tuesday, but couldn’t overcome a slow start as the Knights claimed a 48-29 win.

Cary Christian jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the first quarter and led 24-12 at halftime.

“In the first quarter, they just really physically dominated us,” said KVA head coach Brian Russell. “They just ripped the ball out of our hands. We did a much better job in the second quarter, in the second half of being physical with them.”

Caitlyn Cannon led Cary Christian with 20 points and scored 13 in the first half.

Julie Thompson, who finished with 10 points, joined Cannon in the post to give the Knights a formidable presence inside the paint.

“I really think they’re probably one of the top teams in the state in 2-A,” said Russell. “We knew going into it they were a good team. They’ve won most of their games by 30 points.”

Rebecca Ross led KVA with 11 points and had each of the team’s three made free throws, out of 14 attempts.

“We have some mistakes we have to clean up, but we played hard and we’ll always play hard,” said Russell.

KVA (4-2, 1-1) visits non-conference opponent Cape Fear Christian on Friday.

CARY CHRISTIAN
Caitlyn Cannon 20, Stacey Spivey 4, Kaitlyn Innes 2, Bethany Hunn 2, Grace Smith 5, Julie Thompson 10, Emily Clarkson 2, Mackenzie Pernell

KVA
Price Wester 4, Rachel Ross 6, Sophia Naradzay 4, Rebecca Ross 11, Macy Lee Johnson 4

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