Feb. 26, 2014 — West Carter seniors Jacob Layne, Dalton Spurlock and Austin Gee were honored just before last Tuesday night’s game with the Ashland Tomcats. All three talked about their greatest memories while playing in a Comet jersey.
The Tomcats however, spoiled the party as they would defeat West 68-48 behind Steven Friley’s double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Comets (10-13) fell behind quickly (16 points) in the first quarter after turning the ball over several times in the opening period.
“It was Ashland’s system,” Webb said. “They push the ball continually and get the ball inbounds quickly and throw it over the defense. We didn’t have a lot of time to prep for that but we should’ve done a better job of slowing the basketball down.”
After a quick 5-4 lead on a Ben Jordan basket, West would not score a point until Chase Hanshaw’s basket nearly three minutes later. Hayden Roe’s free throws followed by a Spurlock shot would cut the lead to 13.
Ashland sophomore Christian Villers would go to work, hitting a three-point basket just before the end of the first quarter to earn the 16-point lead.
Villers would score 17 points and hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
West would commit the majority of their 15 turnovers in the first half, which played a big role in falling behind by double digits.
“Offensively they want you to push the ball and play faster than you normally play,” Webb said. “That got our minds moving faster and a lot of times when that happens, you’re missing shots and making mistakes.”
West tried to claw their way back into in the second, going on a 10-2 run early. Spurlock and sophomore Braden Brown hit three-pointers and a putback by Jordan had the Comets within 28-20.
“After we got used to the style that they played, we relaxed a little bit more and we were able to play close from that point on,” Webb said. “But we dug ourselves in a hole and that’s hard to get out of.”