By: Jeremy D. WellsCarter County Times
The West Carter Comets played their third game of a fast paced basketball season on Saturday, triumphing over the Fairview Eagles 54 to 47. It was the Comets second victory after starting the season with a 51-77 loss to Shelby Valley.
West Carter ended the first half 17 up over Fairview, with a score of 27-10, and though the Eagles tried hard to come back in the second half, they never quite caught the Comets, who played good team ball with a solid passing game.
The Comets’ Jackson Bond scored four field goals on Saturday, all two pointers, and six free throws for a total of 14 points. Bond also had six rebounds, three offensive and three defensive.
Tyson Webb scored 13 points for the Comets, with two two-point field goals, one three-pointer and six free throws, and four defensive rebounds.
Trevor Callahan had seven points on three field goals and a free throw, Landon Nichols five points on two field goals and a free throw, Sam Jones two points on a field goal and Logan Berry two points on free throws.
Callahan had ten total rebounds, nine defensive and one offensive. Nichols had two, Jones one, and Berry six, and Brycen Boggs one.
On assists Bond and Callahan had two each, while Gage Leadingham, Webb, Nichols, and Jones had one each.
Leadingham was the third highest scoring player for the Comets on Saturday, with 11 points on four field goals and three free throws and one defensive rebound. Leadingham, who came back from a serious injury at the end of the Comets football season where he broke several ribs and punctured a lung, said he still had some aches from the injury, but felt like he was almost back to 100 percent.
“I’m starting to get there,” he said. “There’s a little pain every now and then. Just soreness and getting back into conditioning and everything, but overall yeah, I think I’m getting back to 100 percent. I’m getting in shape again.”
The punctured lung he suffered in that game was, “terrible,” he said.
“It was probably the worst pain I ever felt.”
But his recovery has been quick, surprising even himself.
“Yeah. I didn’t think I’d be able to get released that soon, but everything healed great,” Leadingham said. “I didn’t have to get a chest tube or anything, so everything went great.”
The Comets also had wins over the Magoffin County Hornets on Wednesday, January 6, beating them 69-62 and won against Menifee County on Monday night, 78-48, giving them a record of 3-1 so far.
They play again on Thursday, at 7 p.m. against a team to be announced in the 16th Region All “A” Classic, and square off against Rowan County at home on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.
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