KNIGHTDALE — A local recreation basketball team brought home silver medals after competing in the Statewide Athletics Committee state tournament March 15-17.
The Knightdale U-12 Lady Knights ended their season in Havelock as the Havelock All Stars defended their state title, defeating the Knightdale team 35-22.
Knightdale guards Akira Wiggins and Paris Spivey kept the AAU-experienced Havelock team on its toes throughout the game with their agility and ball handling skills. Forward Heather Tew fueled the Knights with several 3-pointers in championship play, while forward Shanice Wright, who was battling an injured calf, connected key passes to her teammates.
Alexis Smith drew foul after foul at the post position and Treasure Rouse used her towering height to provide a strong presence in the lane. Jordan Richardson, a guard, and forwards Faith Parks and Jada Johnson also provided valuable contributions throughout the tournament with their outstanding perimeter and post play.
The Knights earned their way into the state championship after going undefeated in the regular season and winning the divisional Big 4 tournament, consisting of teams from Knightdale, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon.
The team furthered its winning streak by securing second-place rank behind the Havelock girls in the regional tournament, which was also held in Havelock.
Coach Jeremy Wiggins said the Knights were an outstanding group of kids to work with.
“They played hard at our practices and our games, and really represented themselves and the Town of Knightdale well - a great accomplishment for a great group of girls,” Wiggins said. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
The Knights defeated Holly Springs, 39-19, to reach the SWAC championship game.