Jan. 8, 2014 — It was not the prettiest of wins for East Carter and Coach Brandon Baker but the Raiders will take it, especially over their rivals.
In a game against West Carter, with a combined 35 turnovers, poor shooting percentages, the Raiders were able to jump out to an early lead and defeat the Comets 48-27 Friday night in Grayson.
“This time of the season where you’re coming out of Christmas break, it’s hard to come in and be sharp in your play,” Baker said. “We were fortunate to make shots and get some separation and get control of the game.”
West Carter (3-7) got off to a bad start, missing their first 11 shots before Austin Gee’s runner in the lane gave the Comets their first bucket with 3:33 left in the first half. West was 9-for-27 in the game, and 19 turnovers with 12 in the first half.
“We weren’t ready at the beginning of the game and missed point-blank shots and it was very disappointing,” West Coach Jeremy Webb said. “It got us back on our heels. Our young kids are up and down right now. We have to have senior leadership throughout the course of the game and tonight we did not have that.”
The Comets would start the second half better than the first and would cut the lead to 29-17 on Dalton Brown’s layup. But two baskets by Connor Greene and a bucket by Evan Brooks would extend the lead back to 17.
“We don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves and we were not ready to play,” Webb said. “That was completely embarrassing. That’s where we’re at right now and we’re going to get in the gym and get ourselves better.”
Baker said the preparation was to get West out of sync offensively.
“I thought we were really good with some pressure that didn’t allow them to get comfortable and get settled into the game,” Baker said. “It was a tough game to coach because the play was so sporadic.”