Feb. 12, 2014 — All year long, Coach Jeremy Webb and the West Carter boys basketball team have gone through some growing pains.
On Thursday against 62nd District opponent Elliott County, the Comets put together one of their most complete games of the season as they knocked off the Lions 60-51 in Olive Hill.
“It was a good win for us and we needed it for district standings,” Webb said. “It gives us confidence in ourselves as we head down the home stretch of the regular season.”
The Comets (7-11) got 22 points out of senior guard Dalton Spurlock, who went 3-of-10 from the field but was 14-of-19 from the free throw line. He had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win.
“Dalton played extremely well,” Webb said. “He showed senior leadership and made some plays for our team just like a senior point guard should.”
Webb added: “Even though you’re not making shots from the perimeter, he got to the line and knocked them down. That helps find ways to win basketball games.”
West Carter trailed 33-28 at the half but would outscore the Lions (14-8) 33-17 in the second, including a 13-4 mark in the third quarter.
Webb credited his team defense in the second half to limit the scoring opportunities of Elliott’s Logan Nickell and Hunter Holbrook. Nickell had 13 points and Holbrook had all 11 of his points in the first half. West did not allow him to score in the second half.
“Holbrook is tough matchup skilled offensively and we did a fine job on him in the second half and was a focal point for our defense.
“Nickell has the ability to put his team on the back and he scores in spurts. We did that with our man defense. We worked on that and zone over the past few weeks and we’re doing a good job of keeping offense guys in front and then we have Ben to protect the rim and the basket.”