Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

February 13, 2013

East goes on the offensive

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

Feb. 13, 2013 — The East Carter Girls Basketball team must know the postseason starts next week.

The Lady Raiders used a 17-1 run to begin the second half to defeat Bath County 57-40 Monday night in Grayson. Bryana Greenhill scored 15 points and Kelsey Stumbo contributed with 13 points.

“I have to give credit to my teammates,” Greenhill said. “They found me open and we needed to get our intensity up and we really came out in the second half and got things going.”

The first half was not that easy after the Lady Wildcats came out physical, out-playing East in the early going. East held just a one-point lead at halftime at 24-23 but making seven straight shots in the span of 2:58 to essentially put the game away.

“We kind of blinked our eyes sort of like a boxing match,” East Girls Coach Hager Easterling said. “Teams are going to come after you like that in the postseason. So when someone comes at you like that, you either respond and go back at them harder or you’re going to go home early. And I loved our response.”

On a night where point guard Kristen Mayo struggled, getting only four points, her teammates picked up the slack. Haley Hall had seven points, Megan Stickler scored six, Kerie Steele had four markers. Taylor Thornbury, Ashley Bayes, Alexis Pennington and Corina Gee each had two points.

The Lady Raiders also clamped down defensively, allowing just one field goal in the first 10:20 of the second half, and four the rest of the way.

“In the first half we gave a lot of back cuts and getting in the lane on us,” Easterling said. “Second half, we took that away and we were very smart on defense.”

East did all of the right things as well in this contest which proves they’re postseason ready. Whether its diving for a loose ball or making the extra pass, The Lady Raiders are out to prove they are ready to contend for a 16th Region Championship.

“We’re all ready,” Greenhill said. “We can’t take any game lightly. These are getting ready for the next two weeks because we know this is it.”

East Carter closes out the regular season with two tough games. They played Tuesday night at Boyd County before finishing Friday with a contest with Ashland.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.