Halifax Academy

Members of the Halifax Academy girls varsity basketball team celebrate on Friday after edging Christ Covenant, 40-38, for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Coastal Conference Tournament title. The Vikings, now 9-4 this season, begin their 1A playoff quest on Thursday.

WINTERVILLE — Emerson Poole scored 13 points to pair with 16 rebounds on Friday as Halifax Academy slipped past Christ Covenant, 40-38, in the finals of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Coastal Conference Tournament.

Sophomore guard Ashlyn Cooke also played well in the triumph, booking 12 points and four assists, while Tara Simmons finished with seven points, nine boards, four assists and two steals.

Ashton Garner rounded out the victory with six points, four assists and two steals.

Halifax now stands 9-4 this season, while the setback tumbled Christ Covenant to an 11-6 mark.

Honors and such

Poole, the league’s Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, was joined by mates Garner and Simmons on the All-Conference outfit, while Cooke earned honorable mention acclaim.

Poole, Garner and Cooke also collected All-Tournament status.

Area postseason assignments

Halifax is idle until Thursday, when it hosts the Community Christian School (3-6)-Cape Fear Christian Academy (4-12) winner in a second-round NCISAA 1A matchup.

Northeast Academy (5-4), which fell to Pungo Christian Academy, 60-47, in Friday’s NCISAA Tar Heel Independent Conference tourney final, also made the field, and entertains Crossroads Christian School (0-15) at 4:30 p.m. today in Lasker.