Jan. 16, 2013 —
“I thought we did some good things to establish the lead,” Easterling said. “Good teams like Boyd County are going to make a run, and they did that.”
The Lady Lions scored 12 of the next 14 points behind the strong play of junior forward Taylor Wheeler, who tossed in 28 points.
Dangerous shooter Logan Fraley got one of her few open looks to connect on a three, then Wheeler sank four consecutive free throws to close the gap to 4946 with 1:29 still remaining.
“The kids fought hard, which is a positive,” Boyd County coach Pete Fraley said. “We’ve just got to quit putting ourselves in a hole.”
East Carter responded to the Lady Lions’ charge as point guard Kristen Mayo made three of four free throws in the final 22 seconds. The last one extended the margin to four points.
Wheeler scored on a driving shot with three seconds to left, and East Carter did not have to inbound the ball before the remaining time ticked off the clock.
“This was the kind of game that will make both teams better,” said Easterling, pleased with his squad’s continuing maturity. “I’m not sure we would have held on and won this game last year. Every night can‘t be pretty. You have to battle and pull through with grit and grind. I thought we did that tonight.”
Mayo scored 13 points for East Carter, while post player Kelsey Stumbo supplied nine points, four rebounds and four blocked shots.
Wheeler tallied 21 points in the second half and also pulled down eight rebounds for Boyd County (12-5). Emily Stewart was next with 10 points.