HENSPTS-02-21-21 PLAYOFFS1

Henderson Collegiate basketball player Javonte Waverly (10) dribbles the ball up the court during a game in the 2020-21 season.

HENDERSON -- Vance County will be represented by two schools in the NCHSAA 1A Playoffs, as the Henderson Collegiate men’s basketball program earned a No. 7 seed while the Vance Charter women’s basketball team will look to claim a title as a No. 10 seed.

Fresh off their first NCHSAA 1A Championship in 2020, Henderson Collegiate was only able to play 10 games this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but still managed to secure their third consecutive North Central Athletic 1A Conference title by going undefeated in conference play.

Senior Akhiris Holden leads Henderson Collegiate with 21.2 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game and 2.3 blocks per game, while fellow senior Javonte Waverly averages 15 points per game and 6.3 assists per game, the latter of which is a team-high.

For Vance Charter, head coach Brian Howard was forced to endure a rebuilding season following the departure of a talented senior class, yet the team managed to post a solid 7-2 record, with their only two losses coming against Falls Lake Academy.

Sophomore Camryn Stancil is Vance Charter’s leading scorer with 10.6 points per game and also leads the program in steals with 4.0 per game. Junior Kayla Simmons is second in scoring with 10 points a game, but is currently averaging a team-high 12.9 rebounds per game, while her twin sister Kyiah Simmons is second in rebounding with 9.3 a game.

Vance Charter will hit the road to face Gates County in the opening round of the NCHSAA 1A Playoffs, while Henderson Collegiate will host Rosewood at the Aycock Recreation Center.