Feb. 19, 2014 —
“They stepped up and started making plays,” Webb said of his seniors. “Dalton played well in the first half and Jacob started playing well in the second half. He made some shots and it was the boost that we needed from him to get ourselves back in the game.”
Spurlock scored a team-high 18 points and Layne added 16.
Trailing again by four with 2:30 to go, Hayden Roe connected on a 17-footer to bring West Carter within two at 55-53, but three big turnovers to end the game, including one with a chance to tie the game late, squandered the Comet comeback.
“Instead of making the fundamental bounce pass, we try to throw it over the defense and it gets deflected out of bounds and it gave them the basketball,” Webb said. “That killed the momentum.”
Up until that point, West did a good job of taking care of the ball in the first half despite 14 turnovers in the first half. They finished with 21 in the game.
Overshadowed by West’s comeback was the performance of Elliott junior Hunter Holbrook. He scored 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
“He’s a difficult matchup for anyone with his size and shooting ability,” Webb said. “But we were giving him too many open looks. He knocked them down and he had a fine night. I’m not sure what else we could have done with him.”
West Carter’s three seniors were honored Tuesday night before their game with Ashland. They close out the regular season Friday at Richmond Model.
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