Jan. 22, 2014 — The ninth ranked East Carter Lady Raiders are on a roll.
They have won 11 straight games since their only loss to the second-ranked team in the state Elizabethtown in a Christmas tournament in Lexington.
East continued their winning ways, defeating Boyd County at their place 56-42 to stay undefeated against 16th Region opponents.
While pundits and media members circled the game on their calendar, Coach Hager Easterling stressed to his girls that this was just another game.
“That’s what we try to teach the girls,” Easterling said. “The most important game on our schedule this year was (this one). Now Friday, the most important game on our schedule will be Russell, and I think that’s the way you have to approach the season, because you know what, what I’ve found out, it doesn’t matter if you get beat by Boyd County or Russell, you feel just as stinky either way.”
Junior Megan Stickler, who scored 16 points in the victory, agreed with her coach.
“We’re just playing hard against every team,” Stickler said. “We make sure we play each team in front of us.”
The Lady Raiders (18-1) looked to shoot the Lady Lions (10-6) out of their own gym, jumping out to a 20-9 lead after one quarter. Boyd freshman Alexis Lunsford hit a three to bring the Lady Lions within seven early but a 16-3 run was capped off by one of Stickler’s four three-point baskets to push East out to the big lead.
“We got in a rhythm,” Easterling said. “Shooting is so much dependent upon rhythm. ‘Are you ready to shoot the ball before you catch it? Are you believing in yourself? Are you moving? Have you got in the gap? Are you ready to go?’ And we were doing that the first half.”