WEST LIBERTY —
East Carter 8 6 8 14 — 36
Russell 20 12 15 16 — 63
EAST CARTER: Burchett 3, Stewart 12, Brammer 2, Greene 4, Marsh 4, Row 2, Neace 7, Lewis 2. Three-point goals: Stewart. FT: 13-25. Team Fouls: 15.
RUSSELL: Estep 8, Hayes 6, Evans 5, Porter 8, Skaggs 26, Tackett 3, McGuire 7. Three-point goals: Skaggs 4, Evans. FT: 8-11. Team fouls: 19.
East Carter 64
It wasn’t hard to find the reason the Lady Raiders are playing Fleming County for the title at 6 p.m. Thursday: a 15-3 run in the second quarter.
At first, East Carter's Bryana Greenhill was the entire offense. Her driving layup and a bucket off Kristen Mayo's pass resulted in a 4-0 lead.
Russell at least had three scorers. Junior Hope Parsley's five points, senior Arden Gross' four and sophomore Shelby Huddleston put the Lady Devils up, 11-8, with 3:30 to go in the first.
“Russell started the game with a little more energy,” East coach Hager Easterling said. “I told (our team) you have to learn to fight and scrap.”
From there, not a Lady Devil (1-2) point was scored until Hannah Carter's three from the left corner with 16 seconds remaining.
In between, East (3-0) unleashed some basketball fundamentals.
There was pinpoint passing when Greenhill, at the top of the key, found Ashley Bayes underneath for a layup.
There was a conversion of a turnover when Greenhill's steal became a Kelsey Stumbo three.
There was an example of the benefit of an extra pass when Greenhill saw Alexis Pennington in the left corner, followed by Pennington's pass to Mayo, who knocked down a three from the left wing.
“They're just an unselfish bunch,” Easterling said.
Mayo (who led East with 13 points) finished the run with four points after she picked up a pair of loose balls, and Megan Stickler added another four points off Mayo's inbounds pass and a turnover conversion.
Stumbo and Pennington each added 12 points.
Russell closed to within 33-21 on Parsley's field goal. She led her team with 13 points.
Easterling called Fleming County a “high-energy team.”
“They're going to fight you 32 minutes,” he said. “We have to be ready to fight back.”
East Carter 11 15 21 17 — 64
Russell 11 3 9 14 — 37
EAST CARTER: Greenhill 8, Mayo 13, Stickler 7, Stumbo 12, Pennington 12, Bayes 6, Boggs 6. Three-point goals: Pennington 2, Stumbo, Mayo. FT: 10-17. Team Fouls: 22.
RUSSELL: Harrison 4, Madison Darnell 1, McKenzie Darnell 1, Gross 8, Parsley 13, Huddleston 2, Thompson 3, Carter 5. Three-point goals: Carter, Thompson, Parsley, Gross, Harrison. FT: 12-26. Team fouls: 14.