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West Carter junior guard Dalton Spurlock looks for an open man.

The West Carter Boys Basketball team dropped a tough game to Morgan County this past Monday in West Liberty 62-51.

Kyle Brown scored 16 points and Dustin Black had 13, but a big fourth quarter run doomed the Comets for Morgan to earn a big 62nd district victory.

Coach Jeremy Webb called the loss “tough” but said his team played well and just could not finish down the stretch.

“We built a five-point lead in the third but didn’t execute down the stretch,” Webb said. “We were careless with the basketball and it’s a result of playing a good basketball team and making mistakes at the end of the game.”

West had to rally in the second half, falling behind 27-25 at the break. They led 40-38 after three quarters. But the Cougars scored 24 points in the fourth quarter behind Sam Aguirre’s 18-point effort to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

“They converted a few shots and we turned the ball over and gave them some momentum,” Webb said.

The Comets turned the ball over 12 times in the contest and shot 38 percent from the field. Jacob Layne had eight points and Dalton Spurlock scored six. Jacob Nunley and Tristan Mitchell each had four points.

“We were right there and in good shape,” Webb said. “But good teams take advantage of situations like that and it is very disappointing knowing that we had ourselves in position to win the game but didn’t execute our game plan down the stretch.”

With less than two weeks before the start of the postseason, Webb said the time is now to get things together to make a run in the district and potentially the regional tournament.

“It is a learning experience for when we get in that type of situation,” Webb said. “It is important to get them ready for this time of year and we can’t make mistakes like we made Tuesday night.”

West falls to 6-15 on the season while Morgan County improves to 17-5. The Comets were back on the hardwood playing Russell on Tuesday night. They also will play Lewis County in Olive Hill on Friday.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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