Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 20, 2013

West wills way

Brown paces Comets over East with 18 points, 11 boards

GRAYSON —  After winning the Super Bowl, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, “It’s never pretty. It’s never perfect. But it’s us.”

When West Carter senior Kyle Brown heard that, he told coach Jeremy Webb that quote reminded him of this year’s Comets.

Those words certainly fit on Tuesday night in Carter County’s Super Bowl. The Comets cleared their path in the fourth quarter en route to a 45-39 defeat of East Carter in the 62nd District Tournament opening round at Harold Holbrook Athletic Complex East.

Neither team was especially outstanding, but the Comets made plays in crucial situations. Defensively, they held East Carter scoreless from the 6:22 mark of the fourth quarter to the 1:02 point. Meanwhile, their offense went on a 10-0 run that included a pivotal play by Brown.

Brown, the game’s top scorer and rebounder with 18 and 11, bobbled the ball at the top of the key before dropping it off to Dalton Spurlock. He then made a cut through an opening toward the basket. Spurlock sizzled a pass to the dashing Brown, and Brown promptly drew a foul and banked in a bucket.

The two-pointer gave West Carter its largest lead at the time, at 38-32 with 2:21 to go. It also ended East Carter season leading scorer’s Kyle Stewart’s night with five fouls.

“(Brown) made a great play on him,” Webb said. “That gave us that full two-possession cushion.”

“Dalton Spurlock was the key player there,” Brown said. “He hit me with a pass when he saw me cutting. Then, when I cut, I knew Stewart didn’t take very many charges. I knew he liked to block shots, so I just kind of went into him and got my shot up.”

Brown missed the ensuing free throw, but continued team defense kept West Carter comfortably ahead. The Comets held the Raiders to 30-percent shooting overall.

East Carter’s Cole Brammer finally broke the scoring drought with a free throw before nailing a 3-pointer moments later, but it was too late for the Raiders. Brammer, a junior, finished with a team-best 16 points.

Quinn Huddle hit a trey to cut the Comets’ advantage to four with 20 seconds left. Spurlock and Jacob Layne helped seal the win and punch a ticket to the 16th Region Tournament with a free throw apiece in the final seconds.

Layne, who tallied 10 points, thought back to West Carter’s unsettling 1-12 start to the season.

“We came real far from the beginning of the year,” he said. “We all just started playing together, and it finally started clicking.”

Webb said it was a “total team effort” on Tuesday. He mentioned Tristen Mitchell’s defense, and the playmaking of Dustin Black, Spurlock and Layne, among others, as keys. The Comets won the rebounding battle, 32-23.

West Carter (9-18) has won eight of its past 14. Webb said the turning point was a win over Fairview in the All “A” Classic on Jan. 10.

“We were dead in the water,” Webb remembered. “Practices were getting pretty grim. We sneaked in there and won one on Fairview and our confidence grew.”

The Comets move on to face Morgan County in the 62nd District title game on Thursday night.

They fell to East Carter in that game last season so, in that regard, Tuesday was payback.

“It feels real good to end our archrival’s season on their own floor,” said Layne of a floor that will actually be taken up and replaced before next season.

East Carter (11-18) held a 32-31 lead after a tough basket by Stewart. However, he recorded just seven points and three rebounds.

Stewart, a senior, was saddled with two fouls with 3:45 left in the first quarter after a double foul call on him and West Carter’s Mitchell. His minutes were limited from that point forward.

Said Raiders coach Brandon Baker about the call: “A double foul? Come on, now. Man up and make a call.

“I feel for Kyle,” he continued about the 6-foot-3 forward. “I guess we shouldn’t have posted him up. Maybe we should’ve just played him on the perimeter, and that way he wouldn’t get the crap beat out of him.”

Baker said he expected a “grinder of a game,” and that “whoever got separated at the right time was going to win.

“They got separated at the right time,” he said.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Proposed plan a touchdown for Ashland, Central

    They’ll have to wait another year, but some major changes are on the horizon.
     

    April 15, 2014

  • Martin, Cannoy put pop on top of Boyd 12-2 win

    Boyd County’s softball bats are booming of late.

    April 14, 2014

  • Stock spiking for Raceland softball

    Raceland took a major step in trying to shift the balance of power in 63rd District softball.

    April 14, 2014

  • 0415eastSB0110.jpg Still chasing the Kittens

    East Carter entered Monday’s softball showdown with Ashland looking to show it’s a credible threat to the Kittens’ recent domination of the 16th Region.

    April 14, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local Sports in Brief: Bush, Porter Wendy's Heisman finalists

    Rose Hill Christian seniors David Bush and Myriah Porter have been named state finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

    April 14, 2014

  • Paintsville tops Magoffin, 12-0

    Kash Daniel and Spencer Taylor combined to toss a one-hitter as Paintsville pounded Magoffin County, 12-0, on Monday night in the first of a two-game series between 57th District foes.

    April 14, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Kittens on prowl for SS

    The Monday Morning Shortstop didn't have to dodge any actual darts at Ashland Softball Complex, although there may be an enlarged picture of him riddled with holes somewhere close by.
    If the piercing looks thrown my way weren't enough to sway me, the Kittens did more than enough on the field the past two weeks to distance themselves from a No. 5 ranking in northeastern Kentucky.

    April 13, 2014

  • 0414bcclassic0539.jpg Raceland girls, Boyd boys win track Classic

    As Boyd County first-year track and field coach Chris Holbrook stood on the infield and watched a member of Raceland’s 4-by-400-meter relay team circle the track in the final girls’ event of Saturday’s Boyd County Classic, he commented aloud to no one in particular, “She’s not showing any signs of running out of gas.”
    The Lady Rams had just enough in the tank to fend off the Lady Lions’ late charge and lock down their third victory of the young season, edging host Boyd County by six points, 171-165.
    On the boys’ side, Boyd County cruised, beating second-place Rowan County 175-114. A Lions club that finished 10th in last spring’s Class 2A, Region 6 meet has won all three meets it’s participated in this season.

    April 13, 2014 4 Photos

  • Starns, Steward stellar in '13-14

    After compiling a 40-2 record against 16th Region opponents over the last two seasons, Fleming County left the rest of the area thoroughly convinced of its prowess on the basketball court.

    April 13, 2014

  • Thunder on a sunny day

    Greenup County did its best to pitch to Ashland slugger McKenzie Vanover in her first three trips to the plate Saturday afternoon.
    It didn’t work out so well.

    April 13, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone