By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Jan. 23, 2013 —
The West Carter Comets are starting to gain momentum heading into February after Friday’s big 62nd District victory over Elliott County this past Friday.
The Comets defeated the 16th Region All “A” Runners Up just a day after the Lions lost to Russell in the title game.
But in any district game, Coach Jeremy Webb knew this game was going to be a battle and his team did the right things to come away with the win.
“It was kind of tight the whole way,” Webb said. “First half was a little flat, both teams never really got into a rhythm. Second half, we had more energy and picked the pace up and our offensive execution was pretty good.”
West Carter held onto a two-point advantage, 20-18 at the break and a 39-37 advantage after three quarters.
Elliott would not go away, hitting big time three-point shots in the second half to rally the Lions. Elliott County connected on seven long range baskets, including three in the fourth quarter. But behind some timely shooting and knocking free throws down to ice the game, the Comets hung on to seal the victory.
“They were shooting 25, 26, 27-footers and knocking them down,” Webb said. “Our guys kept coming down to the free throw line and they’d cut it back down to one possession. (My team) relaxed and they knocked them down.”
Senior Kyle Brown once again led the way for West Carter, scoring 27 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Tristan Mitchell had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dustin Black scored 14 points, Dalton Spurlock chipped in with six and Jacob Layne had two points.
But it was Black who said he felt like things are starting to click for the Comets, creating chemistry that was not together at the start of the season.
“(Kyle and I) grew up playing ball together,” Black said. “We haven’t played much with these guys early on but as the season has progressed we’ve learned to trust each other and we’re playing pretty well.”
“Dustin had the absolute best practice of his career Thursday night,” Webb said. “He’s really starting to pick the pace up and play well. When we get that second consistent scorer to go along with Kyle, it makes us that much better.”
With the victory, West (4-13) has won three of four games. Webb said it is all starting to come together at the right time.
“We can simulate all we want in practice,” Webb said. “Until some of our younger guys get that experience, it’s kind of where we are at. The guys are starting to get a little more comfortable and confident in themselves and their teammates and it’s starting to show.”
“Their basketball IQ is really starting to come up to speed and they’re doing a find job,” Webb said. “They have a great attitude in practice and in games and they’re working hard.”
Elliott County, (10-10), was led by Logan Nickell's 20 points and Landon Griffith's 16 markers.
West Carter was back in action Tuesday night on the road against Bath County. They also hit the road to Grayson Friday night against rival East Carter.
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