Jan. 16, 2013 — There is something about the All “A” tournament and the West Carter Comets.
After sweeping through the tournaments the past two seasons, the defending champion Comets are almost a completely different team.
Yet, they find themselves in the semifinals of the 16th All “A” Regional Tournament, defeating Raceland 65-46 Saturday night.
“It’s something else to play for,” West Carter Coach Jeremy Webb said. “The experience the “All A” provides and we’ve been to the state tournament for two years in a row, it’s a little bit extra motivation. Last year the guys got a little taste of that and they are acting like they want a little more of that excitement the All A brings to the team.”
Senior Kyle Brown agrees with his coach. His teammates are taking pride in being the two-time defending champions of the small schools tournament.
“Other guys are stepping up,” Brown said. “Inexperience at the beginning of the year kind of hurt us without the varsity experience. They are finally settling in and we’re just having a lot more fun out there playing.”
West Carter was slow out of the gate, just leading the Rams 9-8 after the first quarter. But the Comets turned it on with outside shooting, exploding for 28 points in the second quarter to lead 37-21 at intermission.
The season has not been the best for the Comets who are 3-11 in the 2012-13 season. But Webb believes his team is coming together at the right time to possibly make yet another run at the All “A” state tournament.
“Guys are just relaxing and starting to make plays instead of thinking out there,” Webb said.
The Comets outrebounded Raceland 37-22, including 15 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points.
“We’re undersized,” Webb said. “I don’t have anybody over 6”1, and it’s just a credit to the energy that the guys are bringing.”