Nov. 28, 2012 — Consistency from the start is what East Carter Head Coach Brandon Baker hopes to see from his team night in and night out.
Catching fire at the right time was how the 2011-2012 East Carter boys basketball season played out, with the Raiders upsetting cross-county rival West Carter in the 62nd District finals before making a run to the second round of the 16th Region tournament.
Finishing with a record of 15-17, two program mainstays also walked off the court for the final time in March. Guard combo Dylan Genung and Connor Robinson, both of which consistently provided double-digit point outputs, could prove a difficult void to fill for Baker and his team.
One particular advantage Baker’s boys possess headed into 2012 is athleticism. Not tall, but not too short, most of his starting lineup will range between 6’ 0” and 6’ 2”, something the East Carter coach says he plans to utilize this season.
“We don’t have a lot of size, and we’d like to increase the tempo a little bit,” Baker said. “We struggled a little bit with rebounding last season, so that is something we’ve really tried to work on. It’s going to come down to scoring and rebounding for us.”
Several players returning from last year’s surprise run to the 62nd title are forwards Quinn Huddle, Jordan Burchett and Kyle Stewart. Stewart led the senior trio averaging around 10 points per-game last year.
“We definitely lost a lot from our backcourt last season, but we have a lot of returning talent, and we are going to want to get up the court pretty quickly this year.” Stewart said.
Huddle, who made the game-winning free throws in that district championship upset over West Carter, said it’s all about trying to balance the abilities his team possesses.