Grace's Murr, Farrant make N.C. all-star team
Grace Christian seniors Anna Murr and Karinda Farrant will be teammates for one last basketball game today for the East team in the inaugural 2014 Upward North Carolina Private School All-Star Basketball Game.
The all-star game, featuring 24 of the top seniors in the state, is set for 1 p.m. at Providence Day School's Mosack Athletic Center. The boys all-star game follows at 2:30 p.m.
Farrant, a senior exchange student from Australia, was suffered a knee injury last week in Grace Christian's last game, the national championship game, at the National Association of Christian Athletes national tournament in Dayton, Tenn. and is unlikely to play.
Farrant, listed as a forward on the all-star game roster, played anywhere from point guard to center for the Lady Crusaders this season. While recording multiple triple- and quadruple-doubles, she averaged 13.6 points, 7.1 steals, 6.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists a game.
Murr is Grace Christian's all-time leading scorer, for boys and girls basketball, with 3,032 points in her Lady Crusader career. She averaged 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals a game.
Murr and Farrant led Grace Christian to a 29-4 overall record. The Lady Crusaders shared the Carolina Christian Conference championship with Northwood Temple, finished in the semifinals of the NCISAA 1A State Tournament and were runners-up in the NACA national tournament.
Northwood Temple won the NCISAA 1A State Tournament. Marta Miscenko, Northwood Temple's 6-foot-4 center, is on the East team. She's committed to play at Texas-El Paso next school year. The East roster also includes Halifax Academy's Hayley Wood, who's committed to East Carolina, Cary Academy's Rebecca Banks, who's going to UNC Wilmington and Imani Atkinson of Greensboro Day, who's signed with N.C. Central.
The West team includes Providence Day's Jatarie White, a 6-foot-4 McDonald's All-American who has signed with South Carolina.
The head coaches are Fayetteville Christian's Don Gardner for the East and Cannon's Jack Warren for the West.
Yesterday's activities in Charlotte included team practices, a banquet in the evening and a community service project as players and coaches helped Promising Pages - a non-profit organization which receives donated childrens' books, refurbishes the books and gives them to children who otherwise have few or no age-appropriate books.