Hot shooting can add some much needed warmth on a cold January night.
Using a sizzling shooting touch and its relentless defensive pressure, East Carter overwhelmed Greenup County, 71-32, in girls basketball action on Tuesday night at the Greenhouse.
The Lady Raiders' full court press was able to set the tone early by forcing nine first-quarter turnovers which sparked an 18-6 run. East Carter jumped out to an early 30-12 lead after the first stanza and never looked back. Greenup County finished with 22 miscues for the game.
"That's been our staple all year long," said East Carter coach Hager Easterling. " I thought we came out really aggressive and attacking tonight. Our intensity was great and our energy was off the charts. We really looked to score off turnovers."
East Carter (17-5) continued the onslaught by dissecting the Lady Musketeers' 2-3 zone to find open looks. The Lady Raiders shot a balmy 58 percent from field, including seven 3-pointers.
Easterling was impressed with the ball movement by his team.
"We have executed our offense well this year and got really good shots. We just haven't shot the ball well and that mystifies me because we have really good shooters," he said. "We do a great job of moving the ball and finding people."
Junior Bryana Greenhill benefited from the great passing by connecting on four triples, leading her team with 17 points. Megan Stickler and Kristen Mayo were also in double figures with 15 and 13, respectively.
On the rare occasion a shot was missed, East Carter was able to clean up. It won the rebounding margin with the help of stat-stuffer Kelsey Stumbo. The 6-foor-1 center finished with eight points, eight rebounds, and four blocks.
It was the second victory over the Lady Musketeers this season. The Lady Raiders defeated Greenup County in the championship game of the Ohio River Cities Classic last month on the same floor.
The Lady Raiders have now won eight games in a row and 12 of their last 13. They may be peaking at the right time, according to the coach.
"I saw us moving in the right direction way back in December when we played in a Lexington Catholic tournament," said Easterling, speaking on his team's recent success. "I really like the direction that we are moving in. I still think we can play better and I think we will play better. These kids are hungry."
Kate Campbell led the Lady Musketeers with 10 points.
East Carter will next play Lewis County at home Monday night. Greenup County (11-12) has a home date with Rowan County on Tuesday.
EAST CARTER 30 15 20 6 — 71
GREENUP CO. 12 8 6 6 — 32
East Carter (71) — Mayo 13, Greenhill 17, Stickler 15, Steele 4, Stumbo 8, Pennington 2, Gee 1, Hall 5, Thornbury 2, Damron 2, Brainard 2, Langstaff, Boggs, Greer. 3 PT MADE: 7 (Mayo, Greenhill 4, Stumbo, Hall) FT: 8-15 PF: 17 Fouled Out: None TO: 14.
Greenup County (32) — Leslie 5, Jones 2, Webb 7, Campbell 10, Valandingham 3, Moore 1, Adams 2, Pope 2, Thompson, Grizzle, Burton, Hunt, Wireman, Clare, Quillen 3 PT MADE: None FT: 10-18 PF:15 Fouled Out: None TO: 22.