Feb. 5, 2014 — There were plenty of angry faces to go around back on Jan. 20 in Grayson. Ashland and East Carter were set to warm up and play before the weather forced the game to be postponed until last Thursday.
The same intensity was shown then as the No. 7 Lady Raiders and Kittens would put on an instant classic as East held on to a 48-47 victory.
“It gave us a lot of motivation,” Freshman Haley Hall said. “We’ve been looking forward to this game since it got canceled the first time. We’ve just tried to work harder every practice got get ready for it.”
The two did not disappoint, as there were five ties and six lead changes, mostly in the second half and big time moments that gave the game a Regional Tournament atmosphere.
Ashland had a one point lead going in to the fourth quarter but a basket by Hall and a Kitten turnover led to a Bryana Greenhill basket gave East (21-1) the lead just 39 seconds in to the final period.
As the two teams traded baskets, the play of the game came under a minute to go after Ashland’s Alexis Robinson got the ball in transition and what would seem to be a wide open layup to tie the game. Greenhill sprinted down the floor and poked the ball away from Robinson forcing a turnover to give the ball back to East Carter.
“I knew we had to stop the ball because she had done that all night long dribbling up and down the court and get layups on us,” Greenhill said. “We talked about that at halftime about how to stop her from doing that.”
“She hurt us a lot, especially in the first half in transition,” East Coach Hager Easterling said. “She’s too big and too skilled and jumps too well and she draws fouls and she scores on you.”