Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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July 24, 2013

Stevens back for another run

July 24, 2013 — West Carter Girls Basketball Coach Bart Stevens is back in the saddle for another run with the Lady Comets. Stevens took over for former coach, Tex English in 2012.

After last season, Stevens wondered if he would want to come back to the bench in Olive Hill next year. After some things in his personal life took place, Stevens made the decision to coach next year.

“I’m going to coach again,” Stevens said. “I have more time now. There were some second thoughts after the season ended, but after taking some time to think about it, I want to come back because I enjoy it.”

West Carter was 12-18 in the 2012-13 campaign and won the 16th Region All “A” Classic and qualified for a spot in the 16th Region Tournament. Several building blocks from last year return for another season and Stevens knows it.

“I’ve got some young, talented kids and I enjoy working with them,” Stevens said. “The program is starting to turn around in the right direction and we’re making some progress.”

The Lady Comets will only have one senior next year and the core of the team is juniors and sophomores. Over the summer, Stevens coached his players and was impressed with the results.

“They’re a group that doesn’t care to work and we have some talent coming back,” Stevens said. “This team is going to score some points and on certain nights, high scoring. We’re going to be a little quicker which is the way I like to play.”

Another factor for Stevens is the renovation to the Harold Holbrook Athletics Complex West in bringing in the new floor and new bleachers.

If Stevens had resigned, the players would’ve had a third coach in four years. Stevens said once his players found out he decided to come back, they were pleased and were ready to get to work.

“The kids wanted me to come back,” Stevens said. “I've had support form the parents and it’s something that I think is a pretty good fit.”

Stevens added: “It’s a situation that I work with everyday. Make things better and keep the program going in a positive direction.”

Mackenzie Bates can be reached at or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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