Contributors: Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning and Ryan Killen
The varsity swim teams capped off their season Monday at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state meet at the Greensboro Aquatics Center. Sophomore Spencer Jennings led the girls team to an eighth-place finish, four places ahead of where it finished last year, while the boys team earned a 12th-place finish overall.
The Cavalier basketball programs head into their last regular-season games tonight, an away doubleheader vs. Ravenscroft. The boys team has amassed an 11–6 record and sits in second place in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference with a 6–2 record. The girls team is 12–6 on the season and also sits in second place in the TISAC with a 7–2 record. As of Thursday, Maxpreps.com ranks the girls basketball team fifth overall in the NCISAA 4A division, just above Thursday’s competition, Ravenscroft, which is ranked sixth. Maxpreps.com ranks the boys team ninth overall in the NCISAA 4A division, four spots behind the Ravens.
Varsity Boys Basketball
The varsity boys basketball team cruised to a 75–35 win over Wake Christian Academy on Friday night. After falling behind 7–4 in the opening minutes, the Cavs went on an incredible 36–12 run over the remainder of the first half. The second half was more of the same, as DA never allowed Wake to get back into the game. Junior Alex Dunk converted on a trio of three-pointers on the night, while senior Toby Harris led the game in scoring with 26. Harris threw down a couple of dunks vs. the Bulldogs to go along with a pair of three-pointers. Other notable stats included senior Cole Sinclair’s 13 points and ninth-grader Jayde Braswell’s seven assists.
On Tuesday night, DA defeated North Raleigh Christian Academy 65–56 on the road. The Cavs came out flying in the first quarter; it ultimately was the difference in the game. Sinclair and Harris were perfect from the three-point line in the opening quarter. Sinclair ended the quarter with an incredible 15 points to put the Cavs up 21–5. NRCA fought back hard in the subsequent quarters, bringing it back to a three-point game early in the second half. But Harris went on a run to give the Cavs some breathing room and reassert a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Senior Blake Smith made a couple of important plays in the second half as well. Defense and free throws down the stretch were key to not allowing the Knights to pull off the comeback. Harris ended with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Sinclair had a game-high 27 points.
The girls basketball team is 12–6 heading into its last regular-season game Thursday vs. conference rival Ravenscroft. The Cavs continue to hold second place in the TISAC standings, with only two conference losses to No. 1 NRCA.
In Friday’s home game vs. Wake Christian Academy, the DA offense was hot from the jump. With points from six of nine active players, the Cavs were able to take a commanding 29-point halftime lead. The varsity girls continued their pace in the second half for a 59–16 win over the Bulldogs. Ninth-grader Lauren Walsh led all scorers with 16 points. She also had three rebounds and three assists.
DA was back on the court against NRCA on Tuesday night for the first of three straight road games this week. The Cavs stayed competitive with the conference-leading Knights in the first half, only trailing by nine at halftime. However, NRCA opened the third quarter with a quick 12–0 run after capitalizing on DA turnovers off the full-court press. The Cavs had a few good opportunities on offense, but shots rattled around the rim and fell out, as DA fell 61–36 in the end. Eighth-grader McKenzie Graves led the offense with 17 points and had three rebounds.
The following night, DA was able to bounce back with an 11-point win over Cary Academy. After much back and forth, the Cavs outscored the Chargers 17–7 in the second quarter to take the first real lead of the game. Sophomores Kendall Harris and Mariam Abdelbarr led the team on both ends. Harris had 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Abdelbarr recorded 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Walsh handled the ball at the point and found open teammates for four assists to go along with six points. The Chargers sparked a late run in the fourth, but were unable to close the gap and the Cavs walked away with the 54–43 win.
The varsity girls now look to an exciting matchup Thursday vs. Ravenscroft, after defeating the Ravens by two points earlier this season in a game that came down to the wire.
The varsity boys swim team finished 12th out of 15 teams at the NCISAA swim meet. The Cavs did not have any top-10 individual finishers, but multiple swimmers set personal best times at the meet. The boys had an eighth-place relay finish in the 400-yard freestyle. It was a good experience for the young team, and they hope to build on their successes for next season.
On the girls side, DA finished eighth out of 16 teams, moving up four spots from last season’s 12th-place finish. Sophomore Spencer Jennings was once again the star swimmer with a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley and a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Seventh-grader Kenzie Kim came in fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke. It was a successful season for the girls, and they look forward to continuing their upward trajectory heading into next season.
Keeping up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the Durham Academy App (available on the Apple App Store).
- For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit www.da.org/teams.
- Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
- All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).
The DA App: Schedules and Results
- The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
- The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.