Dec. 19, 2012 — Last Thursday night in Olive Hill, it was a battle of youth against experience at West Carter as senior guard Kyle Brown and Morgan County freshman guard Jordan Perry lit up the scoreboards.
Thirty points from Brown should have been more than enough to claim victory, but Morgan had four others make double figures, enabling a 71-60 win for the visitors on the scoreboard.
Throughout the game, the Cougars threatened to pull away from the Comets on several occasions, but West Carter kept battling to keep the game close.
West Carter Head Coach Jeremy Webb says this is something he is proud of.
“We showed a little toughness here tonight,” Webb said. “At one point we were down 11, and we could have gave up, but we didn’t. We grew up a lot here tonight.”
Perry and Brown duked it out in the first period, as Brown hit two straight threes to cut Morgan’s lead to 6-5 before Perry knocked down two baskets to end the period, including a buzzer beater to put his team up 13-10.
Following a basket by Aleksandar Malinic, Perry hit another three before Brown responded once more.
Sophomore forward Tristen Mitchell did a good job in the second period trying to bottle up the 6’ 6” Malinic, while also dropping in six points in the period to lead West.
A big jumper by Mitchell just before the end of the half kept his team within striking distance, with West Carter trailing Morgan County, 31-26.
Junior Comet guard Jacob Layne cut Morgan’s lead to three following a jumper to start the third.
Morgan County’s largest advantage of the game came late in the period, as Malinic converted once more inside. Having not scored in the quarter, Brown was able to keep the Cougars' lead under 10 headed into the final period, when Dustin Black hooked up with Brown on a fast-break layup just before the first 32 minutes was up.