Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 27, 2013

Running with the Lady Comets

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

Nov. 27, 2013 — The Lady Comets are back for another year of running and gunning opposing defenses.

And that is the way coach Bart Stevens likes it.

Stevens, who is back for a second season leading the Lady Comets is eager to get the season started. He says he has the players to run teams out of the gym this year.

“We’re a lot quicker and I think we’re going to score more points,” Stevens said. “We’re sharing the ball about as well as any group I’ve had in 30 years. If we continue to do that, I think we’ll be pretty good.”

Brooke Callihan and Megan Centers have graduated. The two combined for almost 50 percent of West’s total scoring last year.

With the return of senior guard Leatha Reynolds from an injury, the Lady Comets are searching to plug the holes those two leave behind.

“I don’t think you replace two players like that you just try to fill their slots, Stevens said. “We’ll have an eight-man rotation and it’s eight kids who can play well. We won’t have a spot where no one can’t guard and at times last year we did.”

West Carter has their second leading scorer back in junior forward Lexie Berry.

She averaged 9.8 points a game last year and led the team in rebounds at 5.8 a game. While there are only two seniors on the roster, she is expecting to be one of the Lady Comet’s leaders.

“I have to keep my teammates up and play hard,” Berry said. “Coach wants us to go hard and go to the basket he doesn’t like outside shooting and wants us to go to the post and go from there. We’re not afraid to shoot the ball.”

When you combine Reynolds and Berry with three-year staring guard Brooke Adkins, Stevens and the rest of his team believe they have a recipe for success.

“We’re good at passing and we’ll be a quick team,” Adkins said. “We were kind of slow last year but I think we’re going to be a lot faster this year. We’re not as big, but we’ll be able to run with a lot of teams this season.”

The Lady Comets were 12-18 in Stevens’ first year. They won the 16th Region All “A” Championship and secured a spot in the 16th Region Tournament.

Stevens wants to take the next step.

“We need to improve on what we accomplished last year,” Stevens said. “We want to defend our All “A” Championship and make it to the Regional Tournament again and win a game or two.”

In order to keep building off of the foundation they built a year ago, The Lady Comets want to be a better rebounding team.

Stevens said rebounding is all about putting your body between someone and the ball which at times, they failed to do.

“Offensively, we’ll be pretty good,” Stevens said. “Defense is still a work in progress. We’re going to have to be a better rebounding team. We don’t have a true post player but we’ve got what I consider to be five really good athletes out there.

“Defensively, these girls know what to do but they have to take some pride in it,” Stevens said. “We’ll just have to see what happens.”

West Carter will begin its season on Dec. 3 when they travel to Raceland.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@journaltimes.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.