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Tyler Jackson moves down the floor during a recent game on the road.

The East Carter Raiders posted two victories last weekend, beating Fairview at home, 53-32, before knocking off a struggling Boyd County team on the road, 74-46.

Fairview came to town for Senior Night, where East honored Devin Kawada, Tyler Jackson, and Mark Pemberton, all of whom are slated to graduate in May.

“We had a good night for senior night,” Coach Brandon Barker said. “We really played well. We played well defensively from the start but it took awhile to get into the rhythm offensively, but we got there.”

The Raiders headed to Boyd on Saturday for the win. Boyd is 3-21 on their season after the loss.

“It was tough to bounce back from the emotional senior night game on Friday,” Baker said. “I thought we handled it very maturely on Saturday. It was enough to get the job done. A lot of people played and we got to see a lot of new rotations.”

The wins bring the Raiders to 13-7 on the season, all 13 wins coming in regional play.

East Carter has an opportunity to better their ninth-place regional standing over the coming week. The Raiders will traveled to Owingsville Tuesday night to take on the third-place Bath County Wildcats (after press time.)

“It will be a tough game,” Baker said Tuesday morning. “Bath has two good guards and they’re strong inside. It will be a very good win if we can pull one out, but it will be a tough challenge for us.”

The Raiders will take a trip to tenth-place Ashland Blazer Wednesday night.

“This will be another tough game, especially on their home court,” Baker said. “They have been playing a lot better late in the season. This will be a good way for us to end the season and will prepare us for District play.”

East Carter High School will host the 62nd District Tournament beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 with the Raiders taking on the region-leading Elliott County Lions.

“We have to do a lot of things well to get the win from Elliott,” Baker said. “Everyone will have to play well and if we do, we will have our chances.”

Elliott County, led by senior guard Jonathon Ferguson, is currently ranked near the top of several state-wide offensive categories including a first-place ranking in team scoring (averaging 85.7 points per game).

Elliott County defeated East Carter 74-52 behind Ferguson’s 20-point performance when the two teams last met on January 13.

The second game of the District Tournament will be played the following evening, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. A surging Morgan County team, having lost only one game since January, will put play second-ranked West Carter.

The 62nd District championship will be decided Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

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