By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Feb. 5, 2014 — The West Carter girls basketball team traveled to Rose Hill to take on the Lady Royals in 16th Region action this past Thursday.
Playing in their first game since the All “A” Championship where the Lady Comets fell to Morgan County, West bounced back with a 64-40 win on the road.
After a slow start in the first half where West Carter lead Rose Hill 29-23, The Lady Comets busted the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Lady Royals 21-4.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and didn’t shoot the ball like I wanted to,” Coach Bart Stevens said. “We missed 12 shots in the paint in the first half. In the second half we shot better and played better defense and forced turnovers and made some big shots.”
Stevens said West Carter gave up too many open looks in the first half to Rose Hill (4-13) which he said was a breakdown in their defensive pressure.
“We went to some man to man and it worked well and we changed up on our zones and that seemed to help,” Stevens said. “We didn’t guard well in the first half and in the second half defended the ball better.”
West Carter (7-10) got 24 points from seventh grader Morgan Berry. Her sister Lexie scored 12 points with seven of those during the stretch in the third quarter.
While they scored in bunches at the start of the second half, the Lady Comets coach still wants to see more improvement from his team as the regular season winds down.
“We played hard enough just we didn’t hit shots at the All A and we go through those spells,” Stevens said. “That’s where we missed Brooke (Adkins) shooting the basketball.”
“That’s a mystery because some games we can shoot it well and some we don’t.”
To do that, Stevens and his coaching staff have taken a more hands on approach in helping his team get some extra shooting. He is going up against players in practice to make them score on him in hopes that it will put more pressure on them to score, especially around the basket.
“If we shoot well and get other people to score other than Morgan (Berry) we’re pretty good,” Stevens said. “We can be a ‘tough out’ to get other people involved in the offense. We just need to get better at that.”
With three more district seeding games left, Stevens and the Lady Comets know the time is know to put it together before the start of the District Tournament.
“We just want to give ourselves a chance to get in to the region,” Stevens said. “If we can win one more game against either Morgan or Elliott, we’ll avoid playing East Carter (in the first round). We’re all just playing for a seed spot. The rest of the games are important but these last two district games are the biggest for all three of us.”
The game at Elliott County was postponed on Monday due to weather. The Lady Comets were back home Tuesday night against Menifee County. They will travel to Morgan County on Friday.
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