By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
The West Carter Lady Comets finished their regular season with a commanding 59-42 victory over the Elliott County Lions last week.
The Lady Comets’ Allie Stone opened the game with a three point shot, followed by a two point field goal from Elliott County’s Kiley Whitt. This was followed by two-pointers, in succession, from West’s Kylie Gilliam, Stone, and Gilliam again, to put the score at 9-2 before the Lions were able to score again and setting the tone for the night; one where Elliott County was always playing catch-up and just a step behind.
An Elliott three-pointer brought the score to 9-5, but West Carter responded as before – putting up two more, from Elizabeth Middleton and Stone, to take the score to 13-5 before Elliott’s Whitt scored again bringing the score to 13-7.
West Carter ended the first quarter up 20-13 on a three-pointer from Middleton, and additional baskets from her and Stone, and a pair of three-pointers from Elliott’s Jasmine Ison and Mayleigh McDaniel.
Scoring was slower as the second quarter started, but the Lady Comets would nearly double their lead by the end. Both teams added points on free throw and the Lions took the lead down to a five point spread, 24-19, on a Whitt three-pointer, but that would be their last goal of the half. West answered with a pair of Alexis Bond three-pointers and a shot from Gilliam to end the half up by 13, at 32-19.
Kara Jordan scored first in the second half, followed by Gilliam and Elliott’s McDaniel, with a three-pointer, and Ison to put the score at 36-24. Allie Stone wasn’t having that, though. She returned a layup and a three-pointer, then Gilliam scored on a pretty pick and roll from Bond to put West Carter up by 19 points, 43-24. Elliott would have another brief rally, led by Whitt, and Bond would score again for the Lady Comets, ending the third quarter 45-32.
The Lions would narrow the gap by one point – after Gilliam took the score to 47 on a rebound Elliott’s Katie Adkins would hit a three-pointer to lower the spread to 12 points on a score of 47-35 – but that would be the most the Comets let them have. Stone answered Adkins with a three-pointer, McDaniel responded with a goal for Elliott, followed by baskets from Middleton and Gilliam, and it continued thus until the end of the game. After fouls, free throws, time-outs, and a final basket by Camryn Burton, West Carter ended their season with a 59-42 win over the Elliott County Lions.
Kylie Gilliam had a perfect field goal percentage, hitting all seven of her attempted shots, just as many as Allie Stone, who was seven for 13 with a 53.8 percent. Stone, however, hit three three-point shots, putting her just ahead of Gilliam on points with 17. Gilliam scored 16 points, with a pair of free throws added to her field goals. Bond scored 12, Middleton 9, Burton 3, and Jordan 2.
The West Carter Lady Comets finished their regular season with a record of 12 wins and seven losses.
The played their first game in 62nd district play Tuesday night, against Elliott County again. Results of that game were not available at press time.
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