Varsity Girls Basketball
Warriors senior Karis New is a member of the NCISSA 3A All-State basketball team. New helped St. David’s to a 15-9 record that included an undefeated run through the EPIC and a sweep of the conference tournament. The Warriors made it to the third round of the state tournament after winning 13 straight games. “Karis was a big part of our success this year and for all four of her years in the program,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “She kept us loose off the court while giving everything she had on it. I’ve enjoyed coaching her and I will miss her.” New was also the EPIC Player of the Year and a member of the All-Conference team.
Nine Warrior players and one coach earned All-EPIC honors for winter sports. Alan Hinnant was named girls basketball coach of the year for leading St. David’s to an undefeated conference regular season title, plus the conference tournament title. Senior Karis New was named the EPIC Player of the Year and joined senior Julia Hensley, junior Grace Haile and freshman Kyra Parker on the All-Conference team. Junior Juju Medlin made Honorable Mention. “Karis was a four year starter and contributed a ton on both sides of the ball,” said Hinnant. “She kept us loose, was fun to coach and has helped us win.” On the boys side, seniors Keonte Bradley and Tai Goode made the first team, while sophomore Nick Green was honorable mention. Senior Sarah Spencer Ball and sophomore Caroline Ross represented the swim team. Ball won the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the conference meet, while Ross prevailed in 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
The varsity girls season ended with a 49-37 loss at First Assembly Academy in Concord Saturday afternoon in the third round of the 3A state tournament. Seventh seeded St. David’s had won 13 straight games and led the second seed, 8-6, after the first quarter. However, the Eagles came back for an 18-13 halftime lead, survived a Warriors comeback, then held on down the stretch. “We made them work for it,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team finished 15-9. “Julia (Hensley) hit a big three-point and Kyra (Parker) made a couple of layups and we were only down one in the fourth quarter. We a had a couple chances to take the lead, but some calls didn’t go our way. First Assembly was more athletic than we were, but I’m very proud of the way we competed and refused to fold. It’s too bad that we didn’t win, but we have so much to be proud of.” Karis New ended her Warriors career with a team-best 10 points. Hensley, also a senior, and Juju Medlin scored eight and Parker added six.
March Madness came a month early for the varsity girls, as senior Julia Hensley capped her home career with a three-pointer as the final horn sounded to give the Warriors an electrifying 50-49 victory over Carmel Christian (Charlotte) in the 3A state tournament’s third round. The Warriors won their 13thstraight game to raise their record to 15-8. St. David’s trailed 49-47 when Emily Alcock rebounded a missed free throw to start the game-winning fast break. “We did a great job executing in that situation with the season on the line” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team trailed by two after three quarters. “We had first game tournament jitters, but battled all night. I’m proud of Julia for coming through in a clutch situation.” Grace Haile led the scoring with 16 points, while Kyra Parker had 13. Hensley finished with nine. The seventh-seeded Warriors travel to Concord for a Saturday afternoon matchup with number two First Assembly Academy.
The varsity girls are the EPIC tournament champions after a 46-43 victory over Cary Christian Friday night in a game played at Grace Christian. The Warriors won their 12thstraight game to raise their record to 14-8 heading into the state tournament. St. David’s jumped out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter, but the Knights came back to within seven (22-15) at halftime. “We had foul trouble in the second quarter and had to overcome it the rest of the way,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We had to sub defense for offense to protect some people, but we managed to battle through it and hang on. Grace Haile, Kyra Parker and Julia Hensley hit some big shots for us down the stretch. I’m very proud of my team and we are looking forward to the state tournament.” Haile led the scoring with 13 points, while Parker added 10. Karis New chipped in eight and Juju Medlin had five. Parker earned tournament MVP honors, while New and Hensley joined her on the All-Tournament team.
The varsity girls advanced to the EPIC championship game with a 49-21 home victory over Grace Christian Thursday. The Warriors have won 11 straight games and will play Cary Christian Friday night for the title. Grace Christian is the host site. Kyra Parker scored the Warriors first six points on her way to a game-high 14 as SDS led 40-9 at halftime. “We got stops on defense that led to transition baskets and that was the key to our fast start,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We moved the ball well on offense and made the extra pass that led to some easy baskets. It was also great that Madison Nobrega made her first basket this season. That was a team goal for tonight and I’m proud of her for accomplishing it.” Emily Alcock added nine for St. David’s.
The varsity girls wrapped up the EPIC regular season title with a 47-43 victory at Cary Christian Friday. The Warriors (12-8, 6-0) won their 10thstraight game with a wire-to-wire victory, but had to hold off a Cary Christian comeback in the fourth quarter to claim the championship. “We fought adversity all night being in foul trouble since the second quarter,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We refused to cave when they came back and managed to get the win in a very difficult place to play. Being undefeated in the conference is a huge accomplishment and one we should be proud of, but we’re not done yet. It’s a new season now and we’re looking forward to what lies ahead.” The Warriors will host the conference tournament semi-finals Thursday. The finals are Friday at Grace Christian. The state tournament begins the following week. Kyra Parker led the Warriors with 15 points in Friday’s win. JuJu Medlin and Karis New added 12 each.
The red-hot varsity girls basketball team made it nine consecutive victories with a 51-18 win at Grace Christian Tuesday. St. David’s is now 5-0 in the EPIC and 11-8 overall. “Defense has been the key during our run,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team has allowed 18.9 points a game during the streak. “We are at our best when we force turnovers that lead to easy baskets. We played well again tonight and we are looking forward to closing the regular season at Cary Christian Friday.” Kyra Parker led the Warriors with 20 points, while Julia Hensley added 13.
The Warriors upper school teams took two out of three games at Parrott Academy Friday. The JV boys stormed back from 15 points down to start the fourth quarter to prevail 60-58. "Our sophomore leaders encouraged their teammates to play their best and they did," said coach Charles Graves, whose team is 5-12. "Our defensive pressure was outstanding in the fourth quarter and we forced turnovers that led to quick scores. I'm proud of our guys for not giving up." Judson Thompson led the scoring with 22 points, including three three-pointers. Hank Madden added 10. The girls won their eighth straight game, 31-13, to go to 10-8 and maintain first place in the EPIC with a 4-0 record. Karis New had a game-high 12 points, while Grace Haile added nine. The boys could not complete the sweep, as they fell 54-45 after a 17-14 lead after the first quarter. SDS (11-11, 1-3) trailed 38-36 after three quarters and couldn’t overcome foul trouble and poor shooting down the stretch. “We just couldn’t make shots,” said coach Will Coley. “We played hard, but the ball didn’t go in. Parrott played well at home and it was a disappointing road loss for us.” All three teams continue conference play at Grace Christian Tuesday.
The varsity girls won their seventh straight game, 33-25, over Grace Christian of Sanford Thursday night at home on Senior Night. Kyra Parker scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half as the Warriors led 18-8. “We did the small things that led to big things,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 9-8. “We boxed out, which led to rebounds and got deflections that led to steals. The slower tempo helped us move the ball on offense better and to grind out stops on defense. It was good experience to play at that pace and it’s always good to win on Senior Night.” The Warriors return to EPIC play at Parrott Academy Friday.
The varsity girls took over sole possession of first place in the EPIC with their sixth straight win in a 48-28 rout of Cary Christian Friday night at home. Karis New hit a basket and a free throw on consecutive possessions that gave the Warriors (8-8) a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. St. David’s allowed the Knights just four points in the second quarter for a 28-12 lead at halftime. “It all starts with defense for us,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “You know you’ve played well defensively when you hold a team like that to 12 in a half and 28 for the game. I’m very proud of the way we played on both ends tonight.” New led three Warriors in double figures with 16 points. Kyra Parker scored 12 and JuJu Medlin added 10.
The varsity girls won their fifth straight game, 61-9, at Fayetteville Academy Wednesday. The Warriors (7-8, 2-0) blasted out of the gate with 22 points in the first quarter and added 22 more in the second for a 44-2 halftime advantage. Kyra Parker led the scoring with 25 points, while Grace Haile added 13 and JuJu Medlin chipped in eight. “We are playing really well as a team right now,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “It’s coming together at the right time for us.” SDS returns to conference play Friday at home against Cary Christian.
The varsity girls blasted Grace Christian 62-22 Friday night at home. The Warriors won their fourth straight game behind a game-high 22 points from Kyra Parker, who led three SDS players in double figures. “Kyra stepped up tonight to fill in for Julia Hensley, who is sick,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “She made some great plays and I’m excited to see our team play consistent basketball on both ends. Our defense was outstanding and we executed on offense.” Karis New added 14 points, while JuJu Medlin chipped in 10. St. David’s is 6-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
The varsity girls won their first game of the new year, 45-28, over Parrott Academy Tuesday night at home. The Warriors (5-8, 1-0) used a 19-2 second quarter to pull away in the EPIC opener for both teams. “We played really well defensively in the second quarter and it led to some steals and easy baskets,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “It’s always good to win the first game back from break and the conference opener.” Kyra Parker led a balanced SDS scoring attack with 11 points. Karis New had 10 and Grace Haile added nine.
The varsity girls won their second straight game, 57-17, over the Carolina Mustangs homeschooled team Friday night at home. The Warriors led 11-2 after the first quarter and 26-8 at halftime before posting 24 points in the third quarter to put the game away. “We’ve played well in back-to-back games and that’s good to see,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 4-8. “We played very good defense, which led to some easy buckets and that’s always good to see.” Kyra Parker led nine Warriors in the scoring column with 11 points and Grace Haile added 10.
The varsity girls jumped out to a 22-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 52-10 rout of Friendship Christian Tuesday at home. Kyra Parker led three Warriors in double figures with 17 points. Julia Hensley added 14 and Karis New scored 11 as the entire team saw significant playing time. “We needed a game like this to build some confidence,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 3-8. “They had a winning record coming in and our defense played well. We made the biggest improvement in turning our defense into offense. We did a great job of converting turnovers into points and hopefully that will help us the rest of the way.” St. David’s hosts the Carolina Mustangs Friday.
The varsity girls spirited last minute comeback fell short in a 41-37 home loss to St. Mary’s Thursday. The Warriors played in foul trouble almost the entire game and trailed 23-16 at halftime. They were down by 10 with just over one minute left before the comeback started. “I’m proud of the way we kept battling,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We refused to quit and executed well at the end.” Juju Medlin led St. David’s with 12 points, while Kyra Parker had 11.
The varsity girls jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead, then held off Cary Academy for a 36-34 home victory Friday night. The Warriors led 30-21 after three quarters, but the Chargers cut it to 32-31 with 2:49 to play. Kyra Parker hit a pair of free throws at the two-minute mark for a four-point lead, but Cary Academy came back to within one a minute later. St. David’s protected the ball against the Chargers press and Julia Hensley made a free throw with eight seconds left to set the final margin. “Our defense was outstanding in the first half and I’m proud of the way we battled to get the win,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 2-5. “We got just enough stops at the end and made some free throws.” Karis New led SDS with 15 points and Hensley added 10.
The varsity girls lost in the final seconds, 41-39, to Cape Fear Academy Saturday afternoon in the second annual St. David’s Tip-Off Classic. The Warriors (1-3) led by four at halftime and by three starting the fourth quarter. However, Cape Fear rallied for a six-point lead. JuJu Medlin hit back-to-back three pointers to tie it at 39 before Cape Fear scored with 10 seconds left. St. David’s had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but missed the first free throw to end the game. “I was proud of the way we fought back to give ourselves a chance at the end,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “JuJu hit a pair of huge shots and played great defense all day. We improved despite the loss.” Karis New led the Warriors with 18 points while Medlin had 13.
The Warriors varsity girls prevailed 34-31 over Coastal Christian of Wilmington Friday in the second annual St. David’s Tip-Off Invitational. SDS led 13-11 at halftime in a close contest all the way. JuJu Medlin scored six of her 10 points in the third quarter, then Grace Haile scored six of her 10 in the fourth to seal the win. Karis New added eight. “We competed hard the entire game and played outstanding defense,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “It’s always good to get that first win.”
The Warriors varsity girls trailed by nine points in the first half, but fought back to take a three point lead with 1:30 to play, only to fall 40-35 in overtime. The Tigers came back to tie in regulation and won the extra session. “I’m proud of the way we competed,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We played tough and I’m excited to see this team grow.” Senior Karis New led SDS with 18 points, while classmate Julia Hensley added eight. St. David’s hosts Village Christian of Fayetteville in the home opener Tuesday at 5:30