For The Independent
OLIVE HILL — The Boyd County boys basketball team has a lot of offensive weapons.
Lions coach Randy Anderson knows it, and West Carter coach Jeremy Webb knew it as well. But on Saturday night in the Comets’ first home game in 5 1/2 weeks, Webb got a chance to see it in action first-hand.
Five Lions scored in double figures as Boyd County (8-7) blistered the nets by shooting 50 percent from the field, with nearly half its shots coming from long range. The Lions pulled out a 74-53 road victory over West Carter (3-8).
“We played a really tough schedule early to kind of throw us into the fire and we’ve grown an awful lot,” Anderson said. “We’re able to play 10 on any given night and because of that it’s fun to coach. Tonight we had a lot of different combinations and that makes it good.”
Yet, as effective as his team’s offense was, Anderson was equally pleased with the Lions’ defense.
“We shot the ball extremely well the first half and then the second half I think our defense was our best offense. So, it was good,” he said. “On any given night two or three things have to happen for you to click and tonight I felt that our offense carried us in the first half and the defense carried us in the second (half).”
Things have begun to click for the Lions since the start of January and, after Saturday’s victory, the team’s win streak reached five.
West Carter was equally effective at knocking down shots. The Comets shot 45 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range.
However, it was the Lions’ defense that caused West Carter fits.
“They’re a very good basketball team and they made us pay for turning the basketball over. We turned it over about six or eight too many times and they made us pay by knocking down shots,” Webb said. “They had 28 points off our 17 turnovers, and that’s a very good shooting basketball team. They looked to push up, get their shooters to the wing and the corners, and when they get their feet set, they’re good shooters.”
Boyd County surged to an early 5-0 advantage, but West Carter answered and after Jacob Layne sank the first of his five 3-pointers (on six attempts) the Comets led 7-5 with 5:27 to play in the first quarter. However, from there, the Lions went on a 9-0 run over the next 2:32 and never trailed again.
A Dalton Spurlock 3-pointer to start the second quarter closed the margin back to single digits, at 23-15. For the better part of the remainder of the half, West Carter stayed within 10 points, cutting the margin to seven by intermission.
Layne opened the third period with a layup to draw the Comets within five, but the Lions went on a 15-4 run over the next four minutes and pulled away for good.
The Lions outscored the Comets 16-6 in the fourth quarter as Boyd County’s lead grew as large as 23 points with 37 seconds to play.
BOYD COUNTY 23 15 20 16 — 74
WEST CARTER 12 19 16 6 — 53
Boyd County (74): Black 11, Rowsey 3, Anderson 13, Evans 0, Meade 4, Griffith 12, Burgess 19, Damron 0, Mullins 2, Preece 0, Gauze 10. 3-Pt. FG: 9 (Burgess 5, Anderson 2, Black, Rowsey). FT: 11-15. Fouls: 17.
West Carter (53): Spurlock 9, B. Brown 1, Hanshaw 2, D. Brown 2, Layne 23, Gee 2, Roe 4, Thornsberry 2, Mosbey 0, Jordan 8. 3-Pt. FG: 6 (Layne 5, Spurlock). FT: 11-22. Fouls: 13.