Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

October 23, 2013

East Carter wins third straight District Title

Oct. 23, 2013 —

Having allowed just 13 goals in 20 games this season, it’s safe to say East Carter has played some stellar defense in 2013.

The Lady Raiders are getting the hang of defending district titles, too.

East Carter shut out Greenup County, 10-0, to earn its second straight 62nd District crown and third consecutive district championship overall. The Lady Raiders took the 22nd District in 2011.

East Carter coach Ryan Knipp said he’d put his five defenders against anybody in the 16th Region. The group includes Amber Hall, Kaylee Limings, Taylor Burnett, Mandy Langstaff and Callie Moore.

“It takes a lot of pressure off the offense when they know the defense has their back like that,” Knipp said.

East Carter (16-3-1)enjoyed another sizzling start offensively, racking up five unanswered goals by the midway point of the first half.

Ashleigh McDowell tapped in the first goal, Alexa Sturgill rolled in the second, Macy Dyer lined in the third, Sturgill roped in the fourth and Taylor Burnett sneaked a penalty kick just inside the left post to give the Lady Raiders a 5-0 lead.

Knipp was elated with the hot start.

“In the last six or seven games, we’ve come out and really set the tone early,”Knipp said. “That’s what we had trouble with early in the season — getting started. We’ve really come together here lately.”

East Carter cooled off a bit until the second half, but the defense stayed stingy even with some of its reserves in.

Greenup County’s Kayla Leadingham came very close to putting the Lady Musketeers on the board, but Bethany Tolliver stepped in front to deflect the shot. Leadingham just missed an attempt a few minutes later, too.

Dyer, Megan Stickler, Burnett, McDowell and Moore accounted for the second-half goals to give East Carter a win via mercy rule.

McDowell, Dyer, Burnett and Sturgill each finished with two goals.

Seven Lady Raiders have at least nine goals for the season. Dyer leads the way with 35.

“It’s spread out,”Knipp said. “There’s not really one person that does all the scoring.”

Knipp said East Carter’s seven seniors have provided the extra push down the stretch. The Lady Raiders head into the postseason having lost just one game since Sept. 7, a 4-3 defeat at the collective hands of talented South Laurel.

The seniors, Knipp said, remember the success it experienced two seasons ago when East Carter won a region title. The Lady Raiders fell to Ashland in the region championship a year ago.

“This group of seniors, they have the most wins in school history,” Knipp said. “They have a little unfinished business. They want to finish off with a region championship.”

Both East Carter and Greenup County (6-8-1)will take part in next week’s 16th Region Tournament.

All-Tournament Team: Macy Dyer (East Carter), Taylor Burnett (East Carter), Ashleigh McDowell (East Carter), Alexa Sturgill (East Carter), Olivia Ball (Greenup County), Lakin Redmond (Greenup County), Sarah Kibbey (Greenup County), Tabitha Holbrook (Elliott County), Kiana Maynard (Elliott County), Gabby Bond (West Carter), Tesla Henderson (West Carter).

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • F-1 Comets.jpg EKC football Gridorama pairings set

    For many football fans living in the Eastern Kentucky Conference, the Gridorama is the unofficial start to the high school football season.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Cordia.jpg KHSAA bans Cordia from all basketball activities in 2014-15

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Cordia High School following a nearly yearlong investigation for violations of KHSAA bylaws.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • West Carter football signups and fundraiser

    The West Carter Football program will have signups for the Junior Football League this Saturday Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Carter High School football field.

    July 30, 2014

  • Running the Point: The not-so ‘Dog Days of Summer’

    It is almost August and lines soon will be painted on the soccer and football fields to signify the start of fall sports. While there have been a few hot days this summer, it has not really felt like a typical Kentucky summer.

    July 30, 2014

  • F-1 Ben Jordan.JPG West Carter’s Ben Jordan

    West Carter sophomore Ben Jordan likes the spotlight on his team more than just himself. However, the two-sport athlete in Olive Hill turned heads throughout the 16th Region whether it is on the hardwood or on the diamond.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Cole Boggs.JPG Carter County Wildcats shutout by Cincinnati

    With the start of high school football preseason practices, college and professional just right around the corner, one team in Carter County has been throwing the pigskin around for almost two months.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-3 Jalen Simmons.JPG KCU football releases 2014 schedule

    Kentucky Christian University will play in four different states during the 2014 football season. The KCU Knights will kick off the 2014 season with an out-of-state trip to Cookeville to face Tennessee Tech on Aug. 28 in a Thursday night clash.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-1 Taylor Hickle.JPG Area teams compete in 7-on-7 passing camp

    Several area football teams are not wasting any time after the dead period to see how some kids compete.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Kristen Mayo.JPG Pass the ‘Mayo’

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-3 Conner Robinson.jpg Former Raider Robinson to play baseball at Northern Kentucky

    After sitting out just two games over the past two seasons, Connor Robinson is perfectly fine with having to prove himself yet again to earn playing time.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Poll