By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Jan. 22, 2014 — After a tough loss on the road at Mason County earlier in the week, the West Carter boys basketball team continued its travels to Menifee County on Thursday.
Senior Jacob Layne and freshman Ben Jordan combined for 34 points and 14 rebounds as the Comets bounced back against the Wildcats 68-48.
Layne had 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds while Jordan scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, also grabbing seven boards in the victory.
“Menifee County is a tough place to play because they play so well at home,” Coach Jeremy Webb said. “They were just coming off of a close game with Rowan County so we were expecting it to be a dog fight.”
“Our guys came out ready to play. We’ve played some tough teams over the past few weeks and that’s what has our team ready to play down the stretch.”
West (4-9) jumped out on Menifee (2-14) early, outscoring the Wildcats 16-6 in the first quarter. The lead increased to 18 at the half at 35-17 largely in part to the Comets shooting almost 54 percent in the first half.
From there, West Carter coasted their way in the second half to earn the 20-point win. They outrebounded Menifee 37-23 and had 22 assists on 28 made field goals. Hayden Rowe flirted with a double-double, scoring nine points and getting eight rebounds.
One key piece returned for the Comets in sophomore Braden Brown. He scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists in the win.
“Braden Brown was our leader and he did a nice job sharing the ball to the big guys,” Webb said. “We’ve been working him back in the past few games and getting him more minutes. Before the season, we had Braden slotted as our other starting guard. He’s getting some playing time and that helps develop some depth along the way.”
The Wildcats were led in scoring on Trevor Rose’s 15 points.
If there was one thing that irked Webb in the game were his team’s 17 turnovers in the contest. But his defense forced 23 Wildcat turnovers. He is still looking for more consistency on the offensive end by taking care of the basketball.
“A lot of it is youthful things and not being strong with the ball but it’ll clean itself up,” Webb said. “We were being very active on the defensive end and getting a lot of hands on the basketball.”
The Comets were supposed to play the semifinals of the 16th Region All “A” Classic against Raceland Tuesday night but the weather forced the game to be postponed until tonight.
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