By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Dec. 25, 2013 — Jacob Layne put up shot after shot and they kept falling.
He and the rest of the West Carter Comets knew it was going to be a good night.
The senior poured in a career-high 32 points on 15-of-21 field goals as West Carter defeated Belfry 69-53 Friday night at Rowan County Middle School during the Kentucky Bank Challenge.
“My shot felt good (Friday),” Layne said. “Everything I let go I thought was going to go in. We clicked really well in the first quarter and we just wanted to set the tone offensively.”
“He’s doing a good job of attacking the basket and he’s a playmaker,” Coach Jeremy Webb said. “He’s a very good ball handler and has good shooting ability when he gets his feet set so he has the ability to put up numbers like that.”
The Comets (2-4) jumped out on the Pirates (2-2) using solid defensive pressure and rebounding to lead 21-4 in the first quarter. Layne would score on a pair of three point baskets and, jump shot and a layup during that span to get his night going.
Webb was pleased with his team’s strong start.
“We got a boost out of our defense,” Webb said. “We created turnovers and got into passing lanes and anticipated well. To our guy’s credit, they capitalized on that.”
While the Pirates closed the gap to 12 midway through the second quarter, Layne and the Comets pushed the lead out to 17 at 37-20 at the half. He amassed 16 points in the first 16 minutes.
West Carter would lead by as many as 25 before one last run late in the fourth quarter by Belfry cut the lead to 65-52. With many reserves in, the Comets turned the ball over and missed several shots but had just enough for the victory.
“We played really solid for the most part,” Webb said. “When you’re a young team and you’re up 25 or more, you got to put them away. We kind of relaxed towards the end but for the first three quarters, it was a very good game for us.”
Hayden Rowe posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Dalton Spurlock had eight points and the same amount of assists. Ben Jordan continued his tear with eight points and seven boards. Dalton Brown had five points, Chase Hanshaw scored four and Austin Gee had two points.
West Carter now has more wins through the first six games than they had at this time last season.
“We haven’t really played together before until the beginning of the year,” Layne said. “Now that we’ve got some playing time under our belt, our chemistry is getting better.”
“We’re getting better,” Webb said. “We’re a young team and we’re going to improve throughout the course of the year. We’ve seen progress through the first few games. Our confidence is getting higher and that could translate to more wins down the road.”
West Carter will hit the hardwood again on Dec. 26 when they travel to Powell County to take part in the Red River Classic for three games.
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