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January 18, 2013

All "A" Classic: West girls not to be denied

RACELAND — With his team playing for a second straight night, West Carter girls coach Bart Stevens knew his players were going to be drained. They still had enough energy to get up the ladder and cut the nets though.

Alexis Berry scored 23 points to lead West Carter past Elliott County, 56-46, in the 16th Region All “A” Classic championship game on Thursday at Raceland-Worthington High School.

After playing Bath County in a defensive battle on Wednesday, Stevens said his team willed its way to a title on Thursday.

“We were actually about drained out in the fourth quarter,” Stevens said. “We were just playing on guts in the fourth quarter, that’s about it. They just weren’t going to be denied.”

West Carter shot 34.1 percent from the floor, and made just 14 field goals. Most of the Lady Comets’ points came from the free-throw line.

West Carter shot 23 of 34 from the charity stripe, compared to just 5 of 6 for Elliott County.

“That’s one thing that we can do is shoot foul shots,” Stevens said. “Sometimes we don’t shoot from the floor that well, but we can hit free throws when we have to have them.”

Berry led the way for West Carter, as the sophomore shot 7 of 14 from the field and was her team’s offensive answer in the first quarter.

Whenever Elliott County started to make a run in the first half, Berry was there to quell it with a big shot. She had 16 points in the half.

“She came out and when she gets her feet set she’s a good shooter,” Stevens said. “I get aggravated at her because I think she goes outside too much. She was just phenomenal tonight.”

With Berry starting off strong in the first half, tournament Most Valuable Player Brooke Callihan put the game on ice in the second half.

The senior scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half, and found herself at the foul line to help put the game out of reach.

After getting a chance to play in the State All “A” Tournament her sophomore year, she’s excited about returning.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” Callihan said “I did this my sophomore year, but being a senior and being able to go out like this is just absolutely amazing.”

Elliott County (6-10) shot slightly better than its opponent from the field, going 35.2 percent from the floor, but was never able to close the gap on West Carter.

The Lady Lions were led by Samantha Worthington, who had 18 points.

West Carter will open the State All “A” Tournament at Frankfort, taking on the Region 11 winner at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.


Brittany Bell (Fairview); Ashton Woodard (Menifee County); Madison Crum (Rose Hill); Lexi Berry (Russell); Krystal Keeton (Raceland); Amber Cole (Morgan County); Cheyenna Ferguson (Morgan County); Sarah Price (Bath County); Tayler Rogers (Bath County); Ashley Holbrook (Elliott County); Sara Smith (Elliott County); Brittani Worthington (Elliott County); Brooke Adkins (West Carter); Megan Centers (West Carter); Alexis Berry (West Carter). MVP: Brooke Callihan (West Carter).


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