Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

December 5, 2012

East girls crush Menifee

Dec. 5, 2012 —     With the weight of high expectations on their shoulders, East Carter’s girls basketball team excelled in the first week of the 2012-2013 season.

    The Lady Raiders degraded visiting Elliott County last Thursday night, 83-21. East picked up where they left off Saturday, this time making quick work of Menifee County, 62-29, in the first round of this year’s EKC Tournament in Grayson.

    The first period was as balanced a scoring effort as a coach could hope for, with all five Lady Raider starters scratching the score column. Eighth-grade guard Kristen Mayo kicked her 16-point outing off right with seven points in the first eight minutes, including one three-pointer.

    Kerie Steele and Megan Stickler also added four to help East’s girls take a 19-10 advantage into the second period.

    The Lady Raiders hot shooting subsided a bit the following quarter. Two quick baskets at the end of the second, including one by Mayo, and a breakaway layup for Sarah Boggs assisted by Bryana Greenhill, helped to secure a comfortable 31-18 margin at the break.

    Forcing double-digit turnovers on the night helped to create several fast-break opportunities for East Carter.

    East Carter Head Coach Hager Easterling said he felt his team gave a solid defensive effort, but would like to see a cutback on silly fouls.

    “I thought we looked good at times defensively tonight,” Easterling said. “We’re trying to body up on people and steal the ball off the dribble, when really the best way to get steals, is make the other team throw a bad pass. Too many fouls stop the game, and with the depth we have, we don’t want that to happen.”

    That East Carter defense held the Lady Cats to a mere 11 points in the second half, helping to forge what ultimately turned into another dominant victory for the youthful squad from Grayson. Standout Menifee County guard Paige Warren managed only eight in the game.

    In game which 10 Lady Raiders garnered baskets, Megan Stickler joined Mayo in double-figures with 10 points, while Greenhill had nine, Kelsey Stumbo and Steele both had seven.

    In what is a return season for Greenhill, she joins Mayo and Stickler to form what has the early indications of a “big three” scoring tandem.

    Easterling exuded confidence in his three scorers.

    “A lot of teams are going to argue this, but I think those three players could end up being one of the best trifectas in the area,” Easterling said. “They can all score on the perimeter and they can take you off the dribble. And they’re unselfish, in my opinion, that’s the best attribute they possess.”

    Following the win, the Lady Raiders played in the second round of the EKC Tournament Tuesday night after press time, taking on Russell in West Liberty.

    Journal-Times will have more on how Easterling and his girls faired in next Wednesday’s sports.

    Grant Stevens can be reached at or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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