By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Nov. 27, 2013 — Olive Hill was the place to be this past Saturday as the annual Jack Fultz Classic brought several teams to West Carter to play five games of preseason basketball. There were four, eight-minute quarters and the score would reset after each period.
Both East and West Carter’s boys and girl’s basketball teams participated in the event.
On the girl’s side of things, East Carter would use timely shooting and solid defense to defeat Bourbon County 69-25. The Lady Raiders were led in scoring by freshman Kristen Mayo’s 16 points.
East girls coach Hager Easterling said he liked what he saw for the first scrimmage of the season.
“It’s November and we’re just like every other team right now,” Easterling said. “It’s early and when you play somebody else, you get a chance to see what we need to get better at and we did that.”
Mayo was one of three Lady Raiders in double figures. Fellow freshman Haley Hall had 13 points and junior Megan Stickler had 13.
One area Easterling was not too pleased with was his team’s performance at the freethrow line. East Carter was 17-30.
East Carter’s boys would take the floor after their counterpart against Ripley, Ohio.
The Raiders got 19 points out of senior Connor Greene as the Raiders defeated the Blue Jays 53-44.
East Carter boys coach Brandon Baker made some adjustments at halftime of their scrimmage and his players responded.
“We were going against a different face and a different jersey and I was happy with how we played,” Raiders coach Brandon Baker said. “We got comfortable with the game speed in the first half and it took us a while to get there. Once we settled in, we did okay.”
Things switched to host Comets in the late afternoon as West Carter’s girls hosted Ripley, Ohio. The Lady Comets used a balanced attack to pull away from the Lady Blue Jays 39-33. Morgan Berry and Bonita Easterling each had seven points.
“The effort was there especially on the defensive end,” Lady Comets coach Bart Stevens said. “The scoring will come as we get in to the season. I was able to sub out a bunch of girls and that gave us a good lift. I was satisfied with their performance.”
In the nightcap, the host West Carter Comets welcomed in Southern Ohio powerhouse, Georgetown to Olive Hill. The G-Men used their athleticism to their advantage to defeat West 76-49. The Comets were led in scoring on Jacob Layne’s 16 points. Dalton Spurlock added seven points.
Coach Jeremy Webb said despite the loss, he was happy with the way his team played against a tough opponent.
“We saw some things out there that we need to grow and work on,” Webb said. “But they exposed some weaknesses that everyone has at this time of year but we’ll work on it and get better. I told our guys that I don’t care about the result of scrimmages. It’s all about getting better.”
Webb was pleased with the entire day, saying the Jack Fultz Classic went off without a hitch.
“It was a very good day of basketball,” Webb said. “We had a good turnout and appreciate the sponsors and each communities coming out to support their teams.”