By: Mason Branham
for Carter County Times
LLOYD – Greenup County did a poor job of taking care of the basketball, especially in the third quarter, Tuesday, Feb. 9, in a 62-47 loss to West Carter.
The Musketeers trailed only 35-31 after Trenton Hannah put back a missed Musketeer shot about three minutes into the third quarter.
Over the next seven minutes Greenup County was swamped with turnovers. Over a span of almost seven minutes, the Musketeers took one shot from the floor and two free throws. That streak was halted by a shot at the 6:40 mark, but it was blocked.
After Hannah’s bucket in the third quarter, 11 minutes elapsed before the Musketeers made another field goal. Beau Barker put back a missed Greenup County shot with under two minutes left in the game.
West stole the ball from Greenup County eight times in the third quarter with Gage Leadingham coming up with four of the steals.
West (6-3) closed out the third quarter scoring 20 of the final 22 points to lead 55-33. The Greenup County points in the final five minutes were two Barker free throws.
In the fourth quarter, neither team made a field goal in the opening six minutes.
Logan Berry made West’s first basket of the quarter with 40 seconds left.
Greenup County came up with some early steals and scores. Boone Gibson converted a steal into a basket and a 9-7 Greenup County lead.
Later in the period, Logan Bays stole the ball and scored to give Greenup County its final lead at 11-10.
A bucket by Landon Nichols as the opening frame was coming to a close gave West the lead to keep.
The margin was still one, 16-15, early in the second period.
However, turnovers popped up. West went on a 12-1 run. Sam Jones had two steals during the run, which resulted in a three-point play and a layup. West led 28-16.
The Musketeers (4-10) did make a run to close out the half. A three-pointer by Carson Wireman and a basket by Barker just ahead of the horn cut the West lead to 29-23.
Greenup County took only seven shots in the second quarter, but made five.
Hannah led Greenup County scoring 19 points. Wireman and Barker added ten each.
Callahan led West in points, with 13, followed by Webb with 10 and Leadingham and Berry with 9 points each.
West Carter 12 17 26 7–62
Greenup Co. 11 12 10 14–47
West Carter (62)–Webb 10, Callahan 13, Jones 6, Boggs 1, Berry 9, Leadingham 9, Rayburn 2, Sammons 8, Nichols 4.
Musketeers (47)–Wireman 10, Barker 10, Hannah 19, J. Gibson 4, B. Gibson 2, Bays 2.
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