Jan. 15, 2014 —
“It’s the same old thing over and over and they get their tails ripped for it and they come out and attacked moved and cut and we ended up getting a layup,” Easterling said. “We just stood back and wanted to play they wanted to play not the way they should play.”
Perhaps the only bright spot for the Lady Raiders was their play on the defensive end. West was 5-for-21 from the field but 19-for-28 at the free throw line. The Lady Comets had 36 turnovers for the game. Seventh grader Morgan Berry led West with 16 points, with ten of them coming from the charity stripe.
“We missed a lot of easy shots around the bucket,” Stevens said. “They’re not a dominating interior defensive team and we felt like we could take the ball to the basket.”
“It’s a good thing we did play well defensively,” Easterling said. “Offensively, it looked like we hadn’t picked up a basketball all year.”
A scary moment took place in the third quarter as West’s point guard Brooke Adkins went down with a knee injury.
Kristen Mayo scored 18 points and had nine steals while Megan Stickler had 14 points in the win. The Lady Raiders outrebounded West 33-31, including 19-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
While their bench is not their strength, East Carter’s took over and pulled away in the fourth quarter.
“They’re depth wore us out,” Stevens said. “They bring people off the bench in waves. You have to play a whole 32 minutes and there’s no relaxing against that type of team.”
Easterling is hoping his team does not have a repeat performance of this game as the season moves forward. He said need to take on the responsibility to prevent the issues they made on Friday night.