Jan. 15, 2014 — In the East vs. West Carter rivalry games, past players would circle their matchups on calendars. A cross-county, district rival with postseason implications in every matchup, what is not to get excited about?
On Friday, the rivalry resumed on the girls side of things in Olive Hill and both teams would struggle. East Carter would pull away late from West, defeating the Lady Comets 52-30 despite shooting less than 30 percent from the floor.
“I would call that pitiful,” Coach Hager Easterling said. “When you’re never ready to shoot the ball before you catch and you’re not active and you’re not moving or attacking, then that’s the result. That’s the first time I’ve had to say that about these kids. I’m disappointed in the way they approached this game.”
“If you can’t get excited about playing this game, against your in county rival, you need to be doing something else.”
Easterling’s frustration is valid. West Carter switched zones about four or five times throughout the contest but would never attack the basket on a consistent basis. To the Lady Comets’ credit, they were in the ball game after three quarters with the score 34-24 in favor of the Lady Raiders.
“I was so pleased with our team’s effort,” West Coach Bart Stevens said. “We ran until we couldn’t anymore. Fatigue played more of a part of it than anything else. We had to go with five or six people and it wore us out and they’re so hard to play against.”
East (15-1) would only have a one point lead over West (4-8) after the first quarter and only a Kristen Mayo three right before halftime extended the lead to 22-15. They would attack the basket only a handful of times when Easterling said they should’ve been doing that all along.