Jan. 30, 2013 — On a night where East Carter’s offense was struggling, the Lady Raiders defense really picked up.
The Lady Raiders shot just 29 percent from the field, but turned Lewis County over 31 times Monday night en route to a 50-34 victory Monday night in Grayson.
Easterling said after the first quarter the press really started to set in, which led to several easy buckets.
“We shot the ball terrible tonight but winning games on heart and toughness, it’s good for you at this time of year because you’re going to face these types of situations in the postseason,” Easterling said.
The game looked to be a track meet early with East Carter racing out to a 12-5 lead on two Bryana Greenhill free throws. But the Lady Lions played East at its own game, turning the Lady Raiders over to take the 14-12 lead after the first quarter.
East then settled down and ripped off a 7-0 with a bucket by Kerie Steele run in the second quarter for the press to force the issue with Lewis. That is where the Red and Blue took over.
“They didn’t have the legs to beat us off the dribble and we’re handling the ball strong,” Easterling said. “That’s been our staple all year is pressure and staying after you. And somewhere we’re going to get a run out of it.”
The third quarter was a different story with East Carter missing their first eight shots, six from beyond the arc. Lewis cut the lead to 25-23, but the pressure got to the Lady Lions as ECHS went on a 13-0 run over the span of six minutes to lead 38-23 in the fourth.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Easterling said. “In a tight game where you’re missing shots, it has a tendency to affect you and start drooping your shoulders and hanging your head a little bit but we didn’t do that. We kept guarding and kept fighting.”