By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Feb. 20, 2013 —
West Carter senior Kyle Brown knew it was going to be a special night. He, along with West’s other senior, Dustin Black were being recognized and he made a little history.
But Rowan County spoiled the party.
The Vikings jumped out to a 19-point fourth quarter lead before holding on for a 65-58 victory just before the postseason begins.
“It’s not like it’s one area,” Coach Shawn Thacker said. “A couple of turnovers, two or three quick shots, missed front ends of one-and-ones, we’ve got to tighten up that belt a little bit.”
Kyle Brown, who needed just eight points to break the all-time scoring record in West Carter history, reached that mark on a three-pointer just a few minutes into the second quarter. He finished with 32 for the game.
“This game is already behind us and everyone is 0-0 now,” Kyle Brown said. “The District Tournament is starting (this week) and that’s what everyone is focused on and that’s what we’ve got to get prepared for.”
But the Vikings used timely shooting, including several three-point baskets to jump out to a 49-30 lead. West Carter then turned it on both offensively and defensively in the fourth, cutting the lead down to six on four occasions before the final margin of seven points.
“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” West Carter Coach Jeremy Webb said. “I’ve got to give our guys credit. They continued to work and play hard and they left everything there on the floor and as long as they keep hustling and do what I’m asking, I can’t be any happier.”
Vikings senior Matt Brown paced his team with a double-double effort of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Rowan outrebounded West 46-34, including 15-12 on the offensive glass.
“I’ve been working extremely hard on my offensive rebounding,” Matt Brown said. “Rebounding overall is a big part of my game and I’m really happy to see that my hard work is paying off.”
West Carter’s Tristan Mitchell gave a spark off the bench with seven points and 10 rebounds, Jacob Layne, Dalton Spurlock and fellow senior Dustin Black each had six points and Braden Brown had one point to round out the scoring for West. Spurlock also dished out eight assists in the loss.
Both teams now start their seasons over at 0-0 with the postseason beginning on Monday. West Carter faced off with rival East Carter Tuesday night in the 62nd District Tournament in Grayson and Rowan County played Menifee County in the 61st District Tournament in Frenchburg.
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