Jan. 9, 2013 — The civil war between East and West Carter resumed its rivalry Saturday with the boys from Grayson winning this latest installment.
The Raiders (6-9) snapped a four-game losing streak at the expense of the Comets despite holding West off several times for a 75-67 win at John “Hop” Brown Court.
Raider senior Kyle Stewart came ready to play as he poured in 22 points 7-9 shooting, including 8-11 from the free throw line. Jordan Burchett had 13 points, Quinn Huddle scored 10 to help keep West Carter at bay.
East Carter Coach Brandon Baker was pleased with the way his team competed.
“We needed a win and we knew it was going to be tough,” Baker said. “It was a good sign that we toughened up.”
The two were tied at 14 apiece after the first quarter. At the half, the Raiders led by just one point at 32-31.
West Carter (1-11) went cold, getting its first field goal in the third with 3:37 remaining in the period. East went on a 15-1 run to end the period and took a 53-39 lead going into the fourth.
But in any rivalry, no lead is safe.
West Carter turned up the energy and cut the lead to three at 58-55 midway through the final stanza. But the Raiders kept the Comets in check to survive the rally
“We knew it was going to be that type of game and we’re just fortunate enough to complete some plays and keep control of the game,” Baker said. “They made their run and we did a good job of coming out of a timeout to regain control and was able to finish it out.”
Coach Jeremy Webb was proud of his kids for battling but he said they just couldn’t get over the hump.
“We didn’t do that tonight and that led to an extended run and we got ourselves in the hole,” Webb said. “They kept working and playing hard and we got ourselves in position to win and just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch in order to pull it out.”