Coleman Merritt of Kerr-Vance Academy drives to the basket on Tuesday as Halifax Academy forward Ayden Woodall (30) defends. The Spartans turned back the Vikings, 56-42, to advance to the second round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A basketball playoffs.

HENDERSON — Joel Lewis scored 18 points on Tuesday to lead Kerr-Vance Academy past Halifax Academy, 56-42, in opening-round play of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A basketball playoffs.

The victory moved KVA to 7-7 overall this season, and into a second-round matchup with Crossroads Christian (3-10).

Michael Holtzman and Coleman Merritt also factored prominently for the victors, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Halifax (1-11) was paced by Tyler Cotten and Jake Merritt, who finished with 11 points apiece.

RRHS spills Warren CountyWARRENTON — Roanoke Rapids built a double-digit first half lead on Tuesday en route to booking a 71-54 triumph over Warren County.

The Northern Carolina 1A/2A victory moved the Yellow Jackets to 4-7 overall and in league play this season ahead of Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Bunn.

Warren County (0-10, 0-10 NCC) concludes its season tonight versus Louisburg.

Girls Varsity

NEA advances in NCISAA playoffsLASKER — Allie Liverman and Emalee Jones scored 15 points apiece on Tuesday as Northeast Academy rolled Crossroads Christian, 63-26, to open the N.C Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A basketball playoffs.

Jessie Martin also played well for the hosts, netting 14 points, while Savannah Martin finished with 11 points.

Hope Macklin paced the Crossroads contingent with 12 points.

NEA, now 6-4 this season, returns to the floor on Saturday to face the Pungo Christian Academy-Lawrence Academy winner.

Crossroads Christian finished the 2020-2021 season with an 0-16 mark.

Lady Jackets overwhelm Warren CountyWARRENTON — Logan Abram scored 21 points on 10 of 14 shooting to pair with three assists and two steals on Tuesday as Roanoke Rapids sped past Warren County in a showdown of Northern Carolina 1A/2A outposts.

Ella King also played well in the 75-49 runout, finishing with 15 points, three boards and five assists, while Skyler Wade contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Sophomore Susanna Odom continued her solid play of late, netting nine points to go with 14 rebounds.

As a team, Buzz City shot 54% from the field, 36% from beyond the arc and 7 of 18 from the charity stripe.

Junior Nakira Bullock led Warren County with 40 points.

RRHS, now 8-1 overall this winter and in league play, wrapped up the regular season on Wednesday at home against rival Bunn.

Warren County (2-8, 2-8 NCC) finalizes its slate tonight versus Louisburg.