Dec. 11, 2013 — West Carter made the long journey to Fleming County on Saturday night to square off with the Panthers in the first round of the EKC Tournament.
Fleming however would send them packing as they defeated the Comets 71-43 in Flemingsburg.
Fleming (2-0) would jump out to a 9-2 lead early and never looked back with the margin reaching double figures in the second quarter.
“They are a very good basketball team,” West Coach Jeremy Webb said. “Even though (Darion) Burns is out, they have a lot of weapons there that can score and are well coached.”
West had a quick run late in the first half to cut the lead to ten but Fleming County would a take a 38-25 lead in to halftime. A 9-0 run to start the third quarter would prove costly to the Comets. West also had 10 third-quarter turnovers and 23 for the game. From the field, West only connected on 22.6 percent of their shots.
“We just struggled to get high percentage shots and turned the ball over at least 20 times,” Webb said. “Give them credit. They applied pressure to us in both the full and half court and we had trouble with it. They took advantage of our youth and did what they needed to do to win.”
West (0-3) had solid production from Ben Jordan and Haydn Roe. Both combined for 24 points and 28 rebounds on Saturday. Jordan had 11 points while Roe threw in 13. Dalton Spurlock and Chase Hanshaw each had six points.
“Those games like that for us are good because they show your weaknesses early on and we’re getting better,” Webb said. “I thought our young guys played well against a very athletic team.”
The Comets played in the consolation round of the EKC Tournament. They faced Russell on Tuesday night.
“We love playing in the EKC Tournament,” Webb said. “It gives teams something to play for early on in the season and that’s for a championship in this area. There are a lot of good basketball teams in the conference and our guys look forward to playing in it every year.”
West Carter will also head back on the road this Saturday in 62nd District action when they face Morgan County.
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