Dec. 12, 2012 —
With Rowan leading 28-13 at the half, the coin flipped in the third period, and West began its slow climb back into the game.
Rowan’s Colleen Helvey opened the quarter with her team’s only basket of the third before back-to-back threes by Berry and senior guard Brooke Callihan brought West within nine at 30-21.
Three free throws by Berry, followed by a jump shot and layup by Centers were the only points from the 3:18 mark on, as what was once a blowout was now a competitive matchup, with Rowan County clinging onto a 32-28 lead.
Points came at a premium the final eight minutes of play.
West Carter only managed two points in the quarter, while a nice basket and foul for Taylor Conn, along with a dish from Candace Justice to Bandura under the basket would be Rowan’s offensive highlights.
The key to the game turned out to be free throws, where the Lady Vikings completed 5-of-7 attempts for the period.
Taylor Conn led the way for Rowan County with 13 points, while Faith Conn had 11, Bandura tallied six and Helvey had five.
Berry led West Carter with 13, Centers had six and Callihan contributed five for the evening.
Stevens said another dry spell came at the wrong time for his squad.
“This one hurts,” Stevens said. “I really thought we had a chance to win this one tonight, and we had opportunities to take a lead there in the fourth, but you can’t go on a cold streak like that and expect to win games.”
West Carter (0-5) returned home last night for a home matchup against district opponent Elliott County (1-4) after press time.
Grant Stevens can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.