By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
March 6, 2013 —
The West Carter girl’s basketball team’s season ended Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 16th Region Tournament, losing to Russell 45-35.
The Lady Comets (12-18) struggled shooting the basketball, going 13-42 (31 percent) from the field, something West has struggled with all season.
Despite the loss, Bart Stevens, West Carter girl’s coach, is proud of his team for overcoming adversity to make it to the regional tournament.
The Lady Comets controlled the tempo throughout the first half, despite being down 17-9 in the second quarter. West used a 7-0 run to close out the first half with baskets made by Morgan and Lexie Berry and free throws by Brooke Callihan and Bonita Easterling.
But the third quarter proved costly as Russell opened the quarter 4-0 run before a basket by Lexie Berry. The Comets would have just one field goal in the third, going 1-10 in that span. The Lady Red Devils led 30-18 after three and did not look back.
“I thought we were in it,” Stevens said. “They made a couple of runs. …we’ve done that all year. We’ll be right in the game and then we’ll miss two or three layups. It changes the complexion of the game.”
The lead ballooned to 14 at 32-18 before West Carter scored again, ending the scoreless streak at 6:13 with a jumper by Morgan Berry. Russell forced 19 Lady Comet turnovers that turned into 12 points.
“A lot of those turnovers come when we were scrambling and not very strong with the ball,” Stevens said.
Sophomore Lexie Berry led West with nine points and three rebounds. Sixth grader Morgan Berry had six points while Chelsea Zeigler, Megan Centers and Brooke Callihan each scored four points.
Stacey Easterling had three points, Crystal Bond and Jada Henderson had two points and Bonita Easterling had one point.
West loses four seniors, including Centers, Callihan, Chelsea Zeigler and Mikaela Buckler.
“You don’t replace quality people like they were,” Stevens said. “Those four girls did not cause me any trouble and they were a joy to coach.”
Hope Parsley’s 16 points and nine rebounds led the Lady Devils (15-16). Russell lost to Boyd County in the semifinals on Monday.