Nov. 27, 2013 —
With a loaded junior class and several other playmakers at the sophomore and freshman level, East Carter has the chance to be one of the deepest teams in the entire 16th Region.
“When we scrimmage in practice we have even teams,” Greenhill said. “We do have some depth because any five that’s on the floor is going to play hard and not lose anything.”
Adding to the depth of East Carter will be junior Kaylee Limmings who sat out all of last year because of a knee injury.
“I don’t think any team will be close to us as far as depth goes,” Easterling said. “We’ll be using it because of foul trouble and fatigue but not because of injuries. We have some young players who can contribute and I’m excited about how special this team can be.”
With four starters returning that averaged more than eight points a game, East Carter is ready to show they could be the team to beat.
“They’ve grown up and are more confident,” Easterling said. “They’re pretty talented.“
Easterling experimented in the summer with different lineups, including starting Stickler at the forward position. Combined with Stumbo and Greenhill, he was impressed with how they all held their own at the post.
“I was concerned because how would (Megan) would do against more physical players,” Easterling said. “She’s stronger than she looks and Impressed with her rebounding and never game where she got physically overpowered.”
Easterling added about Stumbo: “She could always shoot outside but this summer she showed a newfound willingness to go in there and battle in the post. Her competitive spirit has increased each year but I like the physical play she’s starting to accept it.”
Easterling believes Haley Hall, just a freshman, could lead his team in scoring at some point throughout the season.