Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

January 19, 2013

East Carter overcomes slow start to roll past Russell

RUSSELL — East Carter girls basketball coach Hager Easterling can’t remember the last time his team scored only four points in a quarter. It happened on Friday night, and East Carter still won by 27 points.

East Carter overcame a four-point first quarter and controlled the rest of the game to defeat Russell 61-34 on Friday at Russell High School.

Easterling said after starting the game so tentative, his team was able to fight through Russell’s aggressive defense and put the ball in the basket.

“We let that knock us off a cut, or knock us off a move to the basket,” Easterling said. “After the terrible first quarter, I thought we played a great second quarter because we played through that. We didn’t let those bumps and bangs and things like that distract us.”

East Carter opened up a 12-1 run in the first four minutes of the second quarter. The Lady Raiders ended up outscoring Russell 30-7 in the second half.

Russell coach Mandy Layne said when East Carter switched up to its press, it was the difference in the second quarter.

“They were able to score and set up their press,” Layne said. “Then they were able to score off their press.”

Russell struggled to break the press and committed 24 turnovers, including 15 in the first half alone.

After not causing much damage with one press in the first quarter, Easterling said switching to a different press in the second quarter really started to push the game in his team’s favor.

“Teams will get in a groove against you a lot of times so you have to have a counter,” Easterling said. “I thought we did a good job countering with that. It took away some things that they were doing and looking to do against our first press and I don’t thing they ever got adjusted to it.”

But more importantly for Easterling, after his team caused the turnover, the Lady Raiders looked to be aggressive to the basket.

“After we made the steals we were looking to score,” he said.

Bryana Greenhill led the Lady Raiders with 11 points in a game that saw every Lady Raider who played score.

In fact, the next top scorer, Alexis Pennington (nine points), was the eighth player off the bench for East Carter.

Easterling said that’s the good thing about this team — its depth can propel them to a victory.

“I thought the kids on the bench gave us a huge boost tonight,” Easterling said. “Everybody is not going to be on top of their game every night. That’s the good thing about having a deep team. Throughout the year we’ve had seven different girls be the leading scorer in a game.

“That’s just the way we play — the person that’s open is the person that’s going to shoot the ball.”

Russell’s Hope Parsley put in a game-high 13 points.

After going 1 of 6 in the first half, the junior hit her first three shots in the second, and finished 5 of 12.

“I was just really proud of Hope’s effort overall,” Layne said. “Offensively, I was glad she was posting up strong and taking the ball to the basket.”

After Parsley, Russell (7-11) had only one player score more than one field goal — Shelby Huddleston finished the game 2 of 2 for four points.

With its fifth straight win, East Carter (14-5) now has the highest win total in the region.

Easterling said his team is starting to move further in the right direction as the season starts to wind down.

“I told the kids after the game that I like the direction we’re going in,” he said. “Our defense is getting better and better. Offensively we’re starting to realize who’s open, making the right cuts and making right decisions.”

KYLE HOBSTETTER can be reached at khobstetter@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2658.

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Eagle Trace Invitational: Draw it up Drew

    Facing a tricky shot on his final hole of the Eagle Trace Invitational, Drew Burke came through with his best work. At the moment, he just didn’t know how clutch.

    August 2, 2014

  • Senior Sixers state runners-up

    The Ashland Post 76 Senior baseball team nearly pulled off the same feat as the Junior Sixers did in the American Legion State Baseball Championships this week.

    August 1, 2014

  • Salyers, Walters Players of Year

    The Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour saw its season come to a close on Wednesday at the Tournament of Champions at Henry County Country Club.

    August 1, 2014

  • Tee Party: High school golf season opens

    A flurry of area tournaments will usher in the high school golf season, which begins today.
    Rowan County’s traditional boys opener, the Eagle Trace Invitational, tees off this morning at 9 with a field of 13 teams.

    August 1, 2014

  • Paintsville senior Miller Baseball Factory selection

    Paintsville baseball player Taylor Miller is currently participating in an elite event at the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training facility in Bradenton, Florida.

    July 31, 2014

  • Barboursville 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer host

    U.S. Youth Soccer announced Thursday that Barboursville and the West Virginia Soccer Association will host the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships as part of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
     

    July 31, 2014

  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Five Teams? Pretty Kool

    If these unseasonably cool July mornings aren’t enough to have your mind on the fast track to football, maybe some Kool Hits news will help.

    July 31, 2014

  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014