It was not the prettiest of wins for East Carter and coach Brandon Baker, but the Raiders will take it, especially over their rivals.
East Carter and West Carter combined for 35 turnovers and both had poor shooting percentages, but the Raiders jumped out to an early lead to defeat the Comets 48-27 Friday night.
“This time of the season, where you’re coming out of Christmas break, it’s hard to come in and be sharp in your play,” Baker said. “We were fortunate to make shots and get some separation and get control of the game.”
West Carter (3-7) got off to a bad start, missing its first 11 shots before Austin Gee’s runner in the lane gave the Comets their first bucket with 3:33 left in the first half.
West was 9-for-27 in the game and committed 19 turnovers, with 12 in the first half.
“We weren’t ready at the beginning of the game and missed point-blank shots and it was very disappointing,” West coach Jeremy Webb said. “It got us back on our heels. Our young kids are up and down right now. … We have to have senior leadership throughout the course of the game and tonight we did not have that.”
The Comets started the second half better than the first and cut their deficit to 29-17 on Dalton Brown’s layup. But two baskets by Connor Greene and a bucket by Evan Brooks extended East’s lead back to 17.
“We don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves and we were not ready to play,” Webb said. “That was completely embarrassing. That’s where we’re at right now and we’re going to get in the gym and get ourselves better.”
Baker said the preparation was to get West out of sync offensively.
“I thought we were really good with some pressure that didn’t allow them to get comfortable and get settled into the game,” Baker said. “It was a tough game to coach because the play was so sporadic.”
Cole Brammer led East (7-6) with 14 points and Donald Damron had 11, including a 3-point basket at the end of the first half to put the Raiders up 23-6.
Jacob Layne and Ben Jordan each had eight points for the Comets. Jordan, who had been averaging a double-double, only had eight rebounds, getting matched up with East’s Evan Brooks at times.
“That’s the way we’ve been using Evan,” Baker said. “He can help us. He has a good basketball IQ and gives us an offensive threat, plus he takes up space defensively and can rebound the basketball. He’s earning himself some minutes.”
The win gave East Carter an 88-41 record all-time against West Carter.
WEST CARTER 1 5 13 7 — 27
EAST CARTER 11 11 16 10 — 48
West Carter (27) — Layne 8, Jordan 8, D. Brown 3, E. Brown 2, Gee 2, Roe 2, Thornsberry 2, Hanshaw 1. Fouled out: Spurlock. FT 7-20. 3pt FGs: 1 (Layne)
East Carter (48) — Brammer 14, Damron 11, Sparks 7, Greene 5, Brooks 5, Davis 2, B. Marsh 2, Tackett 2. Fouled out: None. FT 10-16. 3pt FGs: 6 (Brammer 2, Damron 2, Sparks, Greene).