Feb. 26, 2014 — Stacey Easterling had been struggling shooting the ball as of late.
Like West Carter’s girls basketball team, they were in search of offense as they headed into Monday’s 62nd District Tournament game against Elliott County.
It looks like Easterling found her mojo.
The junior scored 25 points as the Lady Comets punched their ticket to the 16th Region Tournament defeating the Lady Lions 55-44 in overtime Monday night in West Liberty.
“I hadn’t played well in the last 10 games and I knew I had to step it up or we were going to go home,” Easterling said. “They were guarding Lexie and Morgan (Berry) man-to-man so I knew we needed to knock down shots.”
“She saved us,” Coach Bart Stevens said. “She couldn’t have done any more than what she did (Monday). We were struggling and she came through. I am so proud of her. She didn’t score in our last game and to come out and have 25 in a high-pressure game, it was unbelievable.”
Easterling hit the first basket for West (11-13) in the first period on a three-point basket from the corner. As the second quarter came to an end, she would get another triple, hit two free throws and a buzzer-beating three at a critical time to put the Lady Comets up 24-14 at the break.
“I was pretending there was no one in the crowd,” Easterling said. “I didn’t think that I was going to make that (three at the buzzer). We knew that we had to do it.”
“I said before this game that somebody besides Morgan and Lexie is going to have to win this game,” Stevens said. “They weren’t going to allow those two to beat them. We had people step up and play and they did a great job.”