Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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March 5, 2014

Back-to-back champs

East blows past shorthanded West

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March 5, 2014 —

Junior Megan Stickler, who had 10 points agreed with her coach about their slow start.

“He just told us to get after loose balls and fight harder than they do,” Stickler said. “We had to mark up on key players through that stretch. We knew (Lexie) Berry is a good three-point shooter and (point guard Leatha Reynolds) is good at driving the basket.”

West Carter went through another dry spell, not getting a basket for 13 minutes. A jumper by Lexie Berry with 7:23 left in the ballgame.

Combined with the turnovers, the Lady Comets could not establish any rhythm to get back in the ball game.

“We just turned the ball over too many times,” Lady Comets Coach Bart Stevens said. “A lot of them were unnecessary. We didn’t look down the floor enough to find the open man.”

As bad as West played offensively, Stevens like how his team played on the other end of the floor as they forced East to miss 39 shots.

“Our defense was great,” Stevens said. “We just couldn’t score.”

The win gives Easterling 399 in his 18 seasons at the helm of the Lady Raider program and his seventh 62nd District Championship.

“It’s awesome but we just have to remember this is just one step to our ultimate goal which is a Regional Championship and get to the state tournament,” Stickler said.

East Carter will have a few days of practice before playing in the 16th Region Tournament next week at Morehead State University.

He’s looking for his team to get their mojo back.

“I know that we are very much better than what we’ve shown throughout this tournament,” Easterling said. “If we go out there and play as well as I know we can, we’re a really good team. Let’s get back to that mindset. We need to find out if these girls know what mindset they need to be in before next week.”

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