Tyler Cotten

Halifax Academy guard Tyler Cotten (24) absorbs contact in the lane on Tuesday versus NCISAA Coastal rival Kerr-Vance Academy. The sophomore scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Vikings to a 60-48 victory — their first of the season.

Tyler Cotten scored 22 points on Tuesday as Halifax Academy registered a 60-48 triumph over N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Coastal Conference foe Kerr-Vance Academy.

The victory was the first of the season for the Vikings.

Ayden Woodall and Wesley Boerner also performed well for the blue-and-green, scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Woodall, who leads the Coastal Conference in rebounding, grabbed nine boards.

But ultimately, it was Cotten who made the biggest difference, canning 6 of 12 field goals and 9 of 12 free-throw attempts to help the hosts turn a 22-19 halftime advantage into triumph.

“He understands the game really well,” Halifax head coach Rick Ruffin said of the sophomore, who transferred to Three Bridges Road this year. “He shoots the ball well, he drives well, he rebounds. He sees the floor well … he’s been a great addition.”

Other Viking standouts included Jake Merritt, who scored six points to pair with four boards and five assists, and forward Dawson Stroud, who pieced together a line of six points, nine caroms and five assists.

Halifax (1-4, 1-2 Coastal) returns to work tonight at Christ Covenant, while KVA — now 4-3 overall and 1-1 in league play — faces Crossroads Christian.

Lady Vikings roll, post runout W

Buckets here, there and everywhere.

Such was the scenario on Tuesday for the Halifax Academy women’s hoop troupe, which was never challenged en route to earning a 50-11 victory over NCISAA Coastal rival Kerr-Vance Academy.

Ashton Garner and Emerson Poole scored 14 points apiece for the hosts, who held a 26-5 lead at the break.

“I think that’s a game we should have won that way,” head coach Rick Ruffin said of the affair. “We were the much better team last night, and we played that way.”

Indeed so.

Also performing well in the landslide was senior forward Tara Simmons, who scored 12 points to pair with eight rebounds.

Poole finished with six boards and three steals, while Garner tallied two assists and three steals.

Sophomore guard Ashlyn Cooke finished the contest with six points.

Halifax, now 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play, hits the highway this evening for a matchup with Christ Covenant, while KVA faces Crossroads Christian.

Middle schools

Halifax Academy gets road victory at KVA

HENDERSON — Austin Gaertner scored 18 points on Tuesday as Halifax Academy edged Kerr-Vance Academy, 39-30.

Avery Boone and Thad Harris also played well for the Vikings, scoring nine and eight points, respectively.