Halifax stops Lady Crusaders in state semifinal

Feb. 22, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

No. 3-seeded Halifax Academy (22-2) rallied from six points down at halftime to top No. 2 Grace Christian (24-3), 60-56, in the semifinals of the NCISAA 1A State Tournament Friday night at Forsyth Country Day School.

Grace Christian got out to an early lead, as it was 22-14 after a quarter and 35-29 at hafltime, but foul trouble plagued the Lady Crusaders.

Alexis Ross led the Lady Crusaders with 20 points and four steals.

Anna Murr had 17 points and three assists. Karinda Farrant had 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Madison Bolen led the Lady Crusaders on the boards with 10 rebounds.

"I am extremely proud of these young ladies and how they fought all year long," said head coach Joel Murr. "We came up a little short but thankfully we'll be able to compete next week in the national tournament in Dayton, Tennessee. It has been a privilege to coach these ladies, especially our seniors, Emily Ames, Anna Murr, Karinda Farrant and Payton Winchell. I can't wait to see what God does in each of these girls lives in the days to come."

The Lady Crusaders will leave Tuesday to play in the National Association of Christian Athletes National Tournament in Tennessee.