By Brad Laux
Jan. 15, 2014 — The Boyd County boys’ basketball team has a lot of offensive weapons.
Lions’ coach Randy Anderson knows it, and West Carter coach Jeremy Webb knew it as well. But on Saturday night in the Comets’ first home game in five and a half weeks, Webb got a chance to see it in action firsthand.
Five Lions scored in double figures as Boyd County (8-7) blistered the nets by shooting 50 percent from the field, with nearly half its shots coming from long range, in pulling out a 74-53 road victory over West Carter (3-8) on Saturday in Olive Hill.
However, it was the Lions’ defense that caused West Carter fits.
“They’re a very good basketball team and they made us pay for turning the basketball over. We turned it over about six or eight too many times and they made us pay by knocking down shots,” Webb said. “They had 28 points off our 17 turnovers, and that’s a very good shooting basketball team. They looked to push up, get their shooters to the wings and the corners, and when they get their feet set, they’re good shooters.”
On Saturday, West Carter was as effective as Boyd County at knocking down shots. The Comets finished the game connecting on 45 percent of their attempts from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range.
Boyd County surged to an early 5-0 advantage, but West Carter answered and after Jacob Layne sank the first of his five 3-pointers (on six attempts) the hosts led 7-5 with 5:27 to play in the first quarter. However from there, the Lions went on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes and 32 seconds and never trailed again.
A Dalton Spurlock 3-pointer to start the second quarter closed the margin back into single digits at 23-15. For the better part of the remainder of the half, West Carter stayed within 10 points, cutting the margin to seven by intermission at 38-31.
Layne opened the third period with a layup to draw the Comets within five, but the Lions went on a 15-4 run over the next four minutes and pulled away for good.
The visitors’ out-scored the Comets 16-6 in the fourth quarter as Boyd County’s lead grew as high as 23 points with 37 seconds to play.
Statistically the two teams were fairly even, with the largest difference coming in turnovers (17 for West Carter and 11 for Boyd County). The Lions won the rebounding battle 29-27 and sank nine 3-pointers. They also made 11-of-15 free throws compared to 11-of-22 for the Comets.
Layne finished the night with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also connected on 5-of-6 3-pointers and added five rebounds. Spurlock contributed nine points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals. Ben Jordan chipped in eight points and five rebounds. Hayden Roe led the team with nine boards, while also scoring four points.
Tristian Burgess nailed five 3-pointers to lead Boyd County with 19 points. Bobby Anderson notched 13 points, with Grayson Griffith at 12, Jonah Black at 11 and Connor Gauze at 10. Clayton Meade topped Boyd County with seven rebounds and four assists, while Black paced the squad with four of the Lions’ 11 steals.
West Carter goes on the road this week, facing Mason County on Tuesday and Menifee County on Thursday. The Comets will host the All “A” Tournament from Saturday through next Thursday and, by virtue of being the home team, will earn a first-round bye and open the event in the semifinals against the winner of Raceland-Menifee County on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.