GRAYSON – Junior center Leah Sargent pumped in 23 points against Lawrence County and added 14 more versus Rowan County to lead East Carter in a pair of hoops wins.

Sargent was sharp from the start last Thursday night versus the Lady Dogs, winning the tip and knocking down a quick six points as head coach Hager Easterling’s Lady Raiders went on to the 86-61 win.

“They wanted to be physical with us inside, but we kept our composure and kept our heads and scored our baskets,” Sargent told The Journal-Times.

Not one to shy away from a battle under the basket, Sargent chalked the win over the 15th-region foe to heart and hustle – and not backing down. “We played hard, too,’ she added with a grin. “And we had lots of hustle, good inside-out play (East Carter as a team put in eight three-pointers) and we passed the ball – when we do those things we win ball games.”

Sargent led three players in double figures with her season-best 23 points. Lindsay Combs finished with 13 points and Tawnee Tackett (the region’s top assist disher) added 11. Alicia Myers drilled a trio of three-pointers for nine points and Lakota Burge had eight.

“We need to keep getting better on defense and keep moving our feet,” Burge said. “We can’t be looking just to shoot, we need to make sure we keep passing well.”

After a disappointing loss to Boyd County over the weekend, Easterling’s bunch rebounded for a shellacking of surging Rowan County, 58-40, on Monday. The Lady Vikings had been on a roll and punished Russell by 20 just two weeks ago.

But the Lady Raiders put together arguably their best half of hoops this season in racing to a 20-point lead early then cruising to their 17th win.

Sargent commanded the inside, leading the locals with 14 points and nine rebounds. Tackett scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Burge finished with 10 points.

In the disappointing overtime loss to the Lady Lions, Sargent’s double-double included 17 points and 10 rebounds. Myers connected for 16 points and Tackett pulled down a half-dozen rebounds.

Three more games for the Junior Varsity girls from Grayson and three more checks in the win column. The reserve Lady Raiders socked it to Rowan County, Boyd County and Lawrence County and now stand at a mighty 17-zip on the season.

East battled back from a slow start to knock off the Lady Vikings Monday, 29-17. Brittany Dearfield muscled her way out of the paint for 17 rebounds and chipped in six points. Jordan Parsons also finished with six points and Kat White finished with five points. Taylor Wilson snagged five steals and Jade Stumbo had five rebounds.

Emily Slone punched in 13 points in the 41-29 victory over Boyd County on Saturday. Leading by a whisker against the Lions, the Lady Raiders outplayed the visitors by 11 in the decisive third quarter on their way to the win. Slone led the offense and Allie Whitley finished 11 points and eight rebounds. Ashley Sargent had six rebounds and Parsons dished an unselfish seven assists.

On the heels of a 14-0 start to the game, the JV Lady Raiders waltzed over the hardwood on their way to pounding Lawrence County, 53-26. Taylor Wilson topped the stat sheet with 12 points. Kat White netted nine and Jessica Marshall hit for eight. Whitley grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and Ashley Sargent came down with seven boards.

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