Dearfield

Brittany Dearfield reaches in to slap the ball away from Russell’s Gabrielle Cassity.

The wins keep piling up for the East Carter Girl's Basketball Team.

The Lady Raiders posted a 52-42 win at Russell on Jan. 31 and defeated Rose Hill Christian 72-41 on Monday.

"I was pleased with our team's effort (Monday Night)," East Coach Hager Easterling said. "Everyone got to play and that's good that you can reward your kids that can practice everyday with some playing time. They're all a hard working team."

Against the Royals, senior guard Brittany Dearfield scored a game-high 15 points. Fellow senior Lindsay Combs chipped in with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

East did limit Rose Hill to just under 40 percent shooting in improving to 15-4 on the season.

"On Saturday against Russell, we got off to a rough start, being down 16-5," Easterling said. "But even throughout that stretch, we were playing good defense and finally got going a little bit and (went on a run). We're the kind of team that if we can keep our poise when things go bad, I think we'll have our runs and we were able to do that against Russell."

Junior forward Jessica Marshall stepped up big for East Carter, hitting 8-of-13 shots for a game-high 19 points against the Lady Red Devils. Marshall also led the team with eight rebounds.

With these two wins, East Carter's girls have won five in a row and 13 out of its past 14 contests. Easterling said the wins are just a by-product of doing things the right way.

“They're just playing good, hard-nosed tough basketball," Easterling said. "I think we've got a good team and I just want to keep working hard and focus on one game at a time and that's the way you have to approach it."

After a trip to Greenup Co. last night (pending inclement weather), the Lady Raiders will be at home for the rest of the season, including a game against Huntington St. Joseph's on Thursday.

"They're ranked first in the state in their class," Easterling said. "We played them up there last year and it was a great game. We won (66-60) and they've improved some and it's always exciting when you get to play someone who's ranked (No. 1) so I think our kids will be excited about that, too."

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