Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

January 15, 2013

Returning to form

Stickler rediscovers touch, East girls beat Boyd

GRAYSON — East Carter sophomore Megan Stickler picked a good time to rediscover her shooting touch.

Stickler popped in four of her five 3-point attempts and the Lady Raiders withstood a Boyd County’s fourth-quarter comeback to win 52-50 Monday night at Harold Holbrook Athletic Complex-East.

After connecting three times from long range to help stake East Carter to a 10-point halftime lead, Stickler answered a Boyd County surge in the third quarter with her final trey to ignite a 7-0 run.

“Megan has not been shooting the way she is capable,” Lady Raiders coach Hager Easterling said. “It’s like a good hitter going into a slump.

“I thought we did a good job tonight of getting good shots. I’m happy for Megan. The way we have been playing defense, if we start making shots then look out.”

Stickler finished with a team-high 17 points.

“I think that’s the best I’ve shot from out there,” she said. “Our team did a good job of driving and kicking the ball out.”

Meanwhile, a Lady Raiders’ defense that came in holding opponents to 40.2 points per game turned in more good work. East Carter allowed Boyd County only one basket in the final 10 1/2 minutes of the half.

East Carter registered its 16th Region-leading 13th win in a matchup of the two teams considered to be the biggest threats to defending region champion Ashland.        

The game carried plenty of significance for a young Lady Raiders squad. For many of the players, it marked their victory over Boyd County, which won the last four meetings over the previous two seasons.

“It means a lot,” Stickler said. “We’ve been talking about this game over the last week, working in practice to get prepared.”

East Carter built a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Bryana Greenhill made a 3-pointer from the corner, eighth-grader Haley Hall hit a 15-footer and Greenhill put up a running shot that hung on the rim before dropping through to make it 47-34.

“I thought we did some good things to establish the lead,” Easterling said. “Good teams like Boyd County are going to make a run, and they did that.”

The Lady Lions scored 12 of the next 14 points behind the strong play of junior forward Taylor Wheeler, who tossed in 28 points.

Dangerous shooter Logan Fraley got one of her few open looks to connect on a three, then Wheeler sank four consecutive free throws to close the gap to 49-46 with 1:29 still remaining.

“The kids fought hard, which is a positive,” Boyd County coach Pete Fraley said. “We’ve just got to quit putting ourselves in a hole.”

East Carter responded to the Lady Lions’ charge as point guard Kristen Mayo made three of four free throws in the final 22 seconds. The last one extended the margin to four points.

Wheeler scored on a driving shot with three seconds to left, and East Carter did not have to inbound the ball before the remaining time ticked off the clock.

“This was the kind of game that will make both teams better,” said Easterling, pleased with his squad’s continuing maturity. “I’m not sure we would have held on and won this game last year. Every night can‘t be pretty. You have to battle and pull through with grit and grind. I thought we did that tonight.”

Mayo scored 13 points for East Carter, while post player Kelsey Stumbo supplied nine points, four rebounds and four blocked shots.

Wheeler tallied 21 points in the second half and also pulled down eight rebounds for Boyd County (12-5). Emily Stewart was next with 10 points.

ROCKY STANLEY can be reached at rstanley@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2671.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Proposed plan a touchdown for Ashland, Central

    They’ll have to wait another year, but some major changes are on the horizon.
     

    April 15, 2014

  • Martin, Cannoy put pop on top of Boyd 12-2 win

    Boyd County’s softball bats are booming of late.

    April 14, 2014

  • Stock spiking for Raceland softball

    Raceland took a major step in trying to shift the balance of power in 63rd District softball.

    April 14, 2014

  • 0415eastSB0110.jpg Still chasing the Kittens

    East Carter entered Monday’s softball showdown with Ashland looking to show it’s a credible threat to the Kittens’ recent domination of the 16th Region.

    April 14, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local Sports in Brief: Bush, Porter Wendy's Heisman finalists

    Rose Hill Christian seniors David Bush and Myriah Porter have been named state finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

    April 14, 2014

  • Paintsville tops Magoffin, 12-0

    Kash Daniel and Spencer Taylor combined to toss a one-hitter as Paintsville pounded Magoffin County, 12-0, on Monday night in the first of a two-game series between 57th District foes.

    April 14, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Kittens on prowl for SS

    The Monday Morning Shortstop didn't have to dodge any actual darts at Ashland Softball Complex, although there may be an enlarged picture of him riddled with holes somewhere close by.
    If the piercing looks thrown my way weren't enough to sway me, the Kittens did more than enough on the field the past two weeks to distance themselves from a No. 5 ranking in northeastern Kentucky.

    April 13, 2014

  • 0414bcclassic0539.jpg Raceland girls, Boyd boys win track Classic

    As Boyd County first-year track and field coach Chris Holbrook stood on the infield and watched a member of Raceland’s 4-by-400-meter relay team circle the track in the final girls’ event of Saturday’s Boyd County Classic, he commented aloud to no one in particular, “She’s not showing any signs of running out of gas.”
    The Lady Rams had just enough in the tank to fend off the Lady Lions’ late charge and lock down their third victory of the young season, edging host Boyd County by six points, 171-165.
    On the boys’ side, Boyd County cruised, beating second-place Rowan County 175-114. A Lions club that finished 10th in last spring’s Class 2A, Region 6 meet has won all three meets it’s participated in this season.

    April 13, 2014 4 Photos

  • Starns, Steward stellar in '13-14

    After compiling a 40-2 record against 16th Region opponents over the last two seasons, Fleming County left the rest of the area thoroughly convinced of its prowess on the basketball court.

    April 13, 2014

  • Thunder on a sunny day

    Greenup County did its best to pitch to Ashland slugger McKenzie Vanover in her first three trips to the plate Saturday afternoon.
    It didn’t work out so well.

    April 13, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone