HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy varsity boys basketball team played their most complete game of the season last Monday evening, defeating Grace Christian of Sanford by a 73-45 total.
Grace Christian played strong throughout the first period, taking an early 14-11 lead.
However, from there it was almost all Kerr-Vance.
The Spartans outscored Grace 20-9 in the second period, for a 31-23 halftime lead.
"We played scrappy on defense tonight," Spartan Coach Taron Downey said after the game. "Our intensity picked up in the second quarter and it went from there."
The Spartans outscored the Crusaders 18 to 12 in the third period to increase their lead to 14. The defensive intensity by Kerr-Vance zapped Grace Christian of any remaining energy they had, outscoring their opponent 24-10 in the final period for the 73-45 victory.
Daniel Wilkerson led Kerr-Vance with 16, but all 12 Spartans who made the trip to Sanford scored on the night. Wil Short added 11, and both Jabe Montgomery and Colby Wilkerson pitched in 9 a piece. Jordan Smith finished with seven.
"I thought it was a phenomenal game by everyone on the team," Downey said. I'm more happy that we are finally recognizing what defenses our opponents are playing, and we are able to adjust to them rather than settling for bad shots. And it was great that everyone scored."
In the earlier girls varsity game, Kerr Vance Academy suffered their first loss of the season, 53-38 to Grace of Sanford.
Kennedy Adcock led the Lady Spartans with 19, and Macey Lee Johnson added eight.