West Carter High School honored a “truly phenomenal class of inductees” into their Hall of Fame during a ceremony between West Carter JV and Varsity games on Saturday night.
The induction ceremony was a great opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the inductees as well as the rich tradition of excellence of WCHS athletics.
The following inductees joined the 2021 WCHS Hall of Fame members; Jeremy Webb, Braden Brown, Meghan Hillman, Brooke Mullis, Thomas Flannery, Amanda Collinsworth, Von Perry, Mike Flannery, Kevin Brown, Mickey Grills, Chris Perry, Jeff Huffman, Hugh Johnson, the 1985 Comets Football Team, and the late Baxter Stevens.
Having amassed countless wins during their time with WCHS athletics, these outstanding figures experienced innumerable losses as well. This celebratory event served as an important reminder that athletics goes beyond wins and losses.
The Fairview Eagles (7-9) combined a monster display of offense against West Carter (3-11), with Tanner Johnson leading the charge in a blowout win (86-52).
The Comets opened the game with a trey from junior guard, Brett Dailey.
Kaleb Rayburn, following in suit, sank both his free throws giving West a 5-2 lead with 5:30 left in the first.
On the ensuing possession, Fairview’s Steven Day converted on a 3-point play and knotted the game 5-5.
The Eagle’s found their rhythm and began a well-balanced offensive attack, jumping out to a 21-10 lead to end the first frame.
To open the second half, West went on a 7-0 run.
It looked as though the Comets were rallying back after a combined effort from Dailey, Nick Parker, and Nathan Webb cut the margin to 17-21 at the 5:10 mark.
Fairview’s T. Johnson answered with a three-point play followed by a trey from Izacc Johnson, 29-17.
The Eagles and Comets traded baskets throughout the second frame, with both teams putting up 15 points each.
A 3-pointer from Webb ushered the teams into intermission.
Fairview held a 36-25 lead at the half.
The third quarter was all Fairview.
The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders, extending their lead to 50-32 at the 3:57 mark with I. Johnson draining a pair of threes and T. Johnson and Day scoring a combined eight points.
Fairview dominated in the paint, holding a 37-24 rebounding edge for the game.
The Eagles put up 29 points in the third quarter, forcing West Carter to extend their defense. Fairview scored in transition, recognized openings and took advantage of clean looks.
“Once we got a little bit behind, we had to start extending our defense full court. When we did that, it was 2 on 1. If you stop the basketball, you give up a corner three. If you take the corner three away, you’re giving up a layup. That was us overextending our defense trying to create things and make something happen,” said West Carter Coach Jeremy Webb.
Fairview made 63.0% of its field goals, 78.6% of its foul shots and 35.0% of its treys.
The usual defensive effort was lacking for the Comets, allowing the Eagle’s to control the third frame.
The Eagle’s biggest lead of the game 80-45 came at the 4:00 mark of the final stanza.
Fairview had five players in double figures. T. Johnson led with 24 points, Day added 16 points, Tamel Smith and Mitchell Cox chipped in 10 points and I. Johnson recorded a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Fairview finished the night with an 86-52 win.
“We were hesitating way too much,” said Coach Webb.
“We were so hesitant to pass the ball, to move the basketball, to move without the basketball,” he added. “There were open shots there. There were looks there. There was dribble penetration there. We didn’t take advantage of opportunities when we had them.”
Webb tallied 13 points for the Comets and Dailey, Jacob Waddell, and Ethan Bledsoe put up eight points each.
West Carter made 37.0% of its field goals, 50.0% of its foul shots and 28.6% of its treys.
Despite the loss, Coach Webb is looking forward to a fresh start next week.
“That’s the good thing about basketball, there’s not much time between games. We will get back up and go again,” he said.
The Comets return to the floor to host Greenup on Monday.
Fairview FG FT REB TP
Johnson, T. 7-8 4-4 5 24
Day 6-7 1-1 5 16
Smith 4-6 2-2 3 10
Cox 4-4 2-3 2 10
Johnson, I. 2-4 0-0 10 10
Adams 1-1 0-0 2 10
Reihs 0-1 0-0 1 3
Kouns 1-1 1-1 0 3
Cummings 1-1 0-0 1 2
Spates-Olds 1-1 0-0 0 2
Clutters 0-0 1-2 1 1
FG Pct.:63.0%. FT Pct.:78.6.0%. 3-pointers:7/20 (I. Johnson 2-2, Adams 1-2, Reihs 1-2, T. Johnson 2-4, Day 1-3, Kouns 0-1, Cox 0-3, Smith 0-3). PF:12. Fouled out: None. Turnovers:15.
Total 34-54 11-14 37 86
W. Carter FG FT REB TP
Dailey 3-9 0-0 5 8
Rayburn 0-4 2-2 1 2
Waddell 3-6 2-2 2 8
Webb 4-8 2-4 2 13
Fuston 2-2 0-1 2 4
Maddix 1-5 0-0 1 2
Parker 1 -4 0-0 1 2
Bledsoe 4-5 0-0 5 8
DeHart 0-2 0-2 1 0
Fields 1-1 0-0 5 3
Jamison Wagoner 1-2 0-0 1 2
TOTAL 20-54 6-12 24 52
FG Pct.:37.0%. FT Pct.:50.0%. 3-pointers:6/21 (Rayburn 0-1, Dailey 2-5, Webb 3-6, Maddix 0-1, Parker 0-2, Fields 1-1). PF:12. Fouled out: None. Turnovers:18.
Fairview 21 15 29 21 86
West 10 15 15 12 52
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