By Rocky Stanley - CNHI News Service
Feb. 12, 2014 —
Boyd County’s Bobby Anderson gave his mother Jackie a box of chocolates on her birthday but saved the best for last.
The sophomore point guard went 7-of-8 from the field to lead a blistering performance by the Lions on Thursday night.
Connecting from inside and out, Boyd County shot 63 percent and withstood a late comeback to beat East Carter 78-68 at Boyd County Middle School.
Anderson made his first six shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, and led the Lions with 19 points. He also contributed an assortment of assists, steals and rebounds despite not feeling 100 percent.
“A great game and a big box of chocolates,” Boyd County coach Randy Anderson said of his son’s birthday delivery. “I think he’s had a stomach virus. He’s felt uneasy the last three days.”
Even so, Anderson and his teammates shot well enough to light up the candles on any cake. They hit 27 of 43 attempts from the floor.
“They sure can (shoot),” East Carter coach Brandon Baker said. “The first four minutes, I knew we were in trouble. When you allow them to get open 3s and drives to the rim with their penetrators, it’s going to be a long night. They were more ready to compete in the beginning.”
Grayson Griffith set the tone by burying a 3-pointer on the Lions’ opening possession. Anderson drove into the lane and kicked the ball out to Griffith for an open shot.
Boyd County, averaging 72 points at game time to rank 10th in the state’s latest KHSAA statistics, used a 15-2 blitz in the first quarter to open a 20-6 lead. Tristan Burgess capped the run with a trey for his third basket and all five Boyd County starters scored in the first five minutes.
The Lions were just getting warmed up. They shot 7-for-11 in the second quarter, with Anderson and reserve Reid Rowsey each supplying a 3-pointer.
“We play 8, 9, 10 guys and all of them can score,” Randy Anderson said. “The key to it tonight was good spacing. Everything went through the pocket at the foul line.”
East Carter shrugged off the early knockdown, however, and made four 3-balls in the second quarter to get within 31-26.
Boyd County countered with six points to close the half, then came out smoking again in the third quarter to build a 21 lead on Anderson’s three from the top of the key.
The margin was 20 after Anderson converted a three-point play with 5:47 left in the game before East Carter made it interesting. The Raiders, led by freshman Cameron Sparks and Connor Greene, rallied to within 75-68 on a pair of Greene free throws with 1:21 remaining.
The Raiders (10-10) had chances to pull closer after coming up with a couple of turnovers, but couldn’t get any more shots to fall.
“I think of them the same as Rowan, Fleming and Ashland,” Randy Anderson said of East Carter. “They know who they are. They known their roles.”
Sparks finished with a career-high 27 points, while Greene scored 13 of his 15 in the fourth quarter.
Boyd County (12-11) put four players in double figures. Burgess scored 16, Conner Gauze 13 and Griffith 12. Burgess also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.