“You have to be tough every possession and try not to give them easy baskets and make them take tough shots.”
Putting all that together, Ashland and East Carter look forward to playing a classic tonight.
“I’ve said this all year, this group has seemed to embrace the big stage and the spotlight and playing against good teams, and I think we’ll do that tomorrow night,” Easterling said. “(East Carter’s players) really didn’t care a lot, but I think in the back of their minds they wanted to play Ashland again, and they’ve answered the bell.”
The Kittens pined for another shot at the Lady Raiders, too.
“It’s good because we’ve all wanted to get back at them,” Mykasa Robinson said. “We want to show them that we can beat them.”
Alexis Robinson, a two-time region tournament MVP, and Foutch are the only Kittens left who played significant minutes for Ashland’s region champions the past two seasons.
“They have to be very calm tomorrow night, try to be the leaders,” Bradley said of his junior stars. “But we’re very confident right now. Mykasa’s very confident, Shelby’s playing well, you got Chelsea doing a great job, Alex (Young) has been around a little bit.
“So if we can just do things we know we can do, then I think it’ll be a great game.”
Dunlap on Scene
Local radio broadcaster Charlie Dunlap is back on the air after spending four days during district tournament week in Cabell Huntington Hospital with pneumonia.
Dunlap is calling games for the School Boy Radio Network this week. He has called Greenup County boys’ games all season on WLGC with Kent Robinson.
“I’m back about 90 percent,” Dunlap said after calling East Carter’s semifinal defeat of Russell with Jim Forrest on Thursday. “I’m still recovering, but I went to the doctor today and they told me everything was good to go.”