Rise up

Kerr-Vance Academy basketball player A.J. Siplen (11) drives to the rim against a Lighthouse Christian HomeSchool defender during his team’s 52-46 loss on Saturday afternoon.

HENDERSON — Momentum swings dominated Saturday’s matchup between Kerr-Vance Academy and Lighthouse Christian HomeSchool, but the visitors ended up handing KVA their second loss of the season 52-46.

Head coach Brandon Dickerson said consistency on Saturdays has been a problem for KVA ever since he took over the position in 2018, and he was disappointed to see that trend continue against Lighthouse.

“Saturday games have just not been good for us,” Dickerson said. “We have a hard time getting up for a Saturday game, so hopefully we won’t have to play on Saturday again for the rest of the year.”

Dickerson fully expected Lighthouse to challenge the Spartans on both ends of the floor Saturday afternoon and knew that his team would have to excel on defense and with shooting the ball to claim a victory.

KVA started the game on a positive note by scoring the first eight points, but Lighthouse came to life after spending an early timeout and rallied to tie the contest at 10-10 by the end of the first quarter.

Lighthouse maintained its cohesion in the second quarter, opening a six-point lead, but KVA countered with a 7-0 run. Lighthouse remained undeterred and entered the intermission in front accumulating a 7-0 run of its own.

The Spartans came out of halftime galvanized, scoring 13 unanswered points to take a comfortable lead, but another shift in momentum enabled Lighthouse to erase the deficit and pull within one heading into the final quarter.

After trading a handful of baskets to open the final eight minutes of play, Lighthouse began to take control of the game after several missed shots from KVA and forced Dickerson to adjust his team’s defensive strategy.

The home team’s attempt to full-court press disrupted Lighthouse on offense, but it was not enough to get back in contention, as Lighthouse finished out the game with several free-throws to survive their opponent’s final charge.

Dickerson said that he was proud of his players for battling Lighthouse all the way until the final buzzer, but he wants to see more consistency on offense and defense as they prepare for an important matchup against Rocky Mount Academy this week.

“Rocky Mount is a conference game for us, so that’s always a good matchup,” Dickerson said. “Those games always go down to the wire, so we just have to come prepared, come with energy, play KVA basketball and I think we’ll be fine.”

KVA will host Rocky Mount Academy at home on Wednesday evening, with the game scheduled to get underway at 5:45 p.m.