RACELAND It didn’t come easy for East Carter in its first game of the Jeff Damron era on Monday night.

The Lady Raiders went home smiling, though, rallying from a nine-point third-quarter deficit and dodging a missed Raceland 35-footer to try to tie at the horn in a 50-47 victory on opening night.

Halle Swanagan pitched in 13 points and Alyssa Stickler added 12 for the Lady Raiders (1-0), who got nine players in the scoring column.

Emilee Garvin led all scorers with 17 points for the Lady Rams (0-1). Kierston Smith dropped in 13. Emma Picklesmier dropped in eight points and seven rebounds in limited minutes.

E. CARTER    11    13    18    8    —    50

RACELAND    15    15    12    5    —    47

East Carter (50) — Swanagan 13, Stickler 12, Bush 8, Gamsby 5, Waggoner 4, Hall 3, Steele 2, Tussey 2, Greene 1, Marcum. 3-Pt. FG: 3 (Stickler 2, Steele). FT: 3-10. Fouls: 15.

Raceland (47) — Garvin 17, Smith 13, Picklesimer 8, Lute 3, Collins 3, Maynard 3, Flocker. 3-Pt. FG: 3 (Lute, Smith, Maynard). FT: 10-14. Fouls: 15.

South Point 62, Portsmouth 23

SOUTH POINT The host Lady Pointers rushed to a 31-12 lead at halftime and kept sending out the margin from there to win their lidlifter.

Emilee Carey scored 20 points, knicking fown five 3-pointers, and Emilee Whitt added 17 points on three treys for South Point (1-0, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference).

Hannah Hughes collected 10 points for the Lady Trojans (0-1, 0-1 OVC).

PORTSMOUTH    9    3    8    3    —    23

S. POINT    16    15    16    15    —    62

Portsmouth (23) — Hughes 10, Rickett 7, Reed 3, Trinidad 3. FT: 5-18. Fouls: 9.

South Point (62) — Carey 20, Whitt 17, Roach 8, Khounlavong 5, Markel 4, Mitchell 4, Jones 2, Crawley 2. 3-Pt. FG: 9 (Carey 5, Whitt 3, Khounlavong). FT: 9-20. Fouls: 15.

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