Ohio River Classic first round: Jaguars get going, run East | Sports


RACE LAND If the first 10+ minutes of Monday night’s Ohio River Classic first-round game didn’t sound much like a typical Floyd Central outing, it’s on purpose.

“The first half was more of a half court game, and we’re not a half court team,” Jaguars coach Justin Triplett said. “I don’t want to play like this. It’s boring for me.”

Floyd Central, having led East Carter 19-18 just two and a half minutes into the second quarter, certainly spiced things up after that. The Jaguars exerted constant pressure to score 35 of the next 48 points en route to a 54-37 victory at Raceland.

“I think we finally got to playing our game and trapping and running the ground,” said Triplett. “We want to speed you up, flip you over, so we can get easy baskets. We’re not the ‘adjust it, perform a perfect set’ offense all the time. We’re more up and down, and that’s it. is just how we are more comfortable playing. “

Floyd Central made East Carter uncomfortable in the process. The Jaguars chased the Raiders in 23 three-quarter turnovers before easing pressure in the fourth.

An inexperienced East Carter team playing their first game in 16 days after a COVID-19 hiatus has struggled to counter it.

“At first we handled the press pretty well,” said East Carter coach Jeff Damron. “It’s partly fatigue, and then when we started to tire our inexperience started showing up. When you put that together against a team as physical as (Floyd Central), and they want to attack the track and we’re not turning on the outside to take that away, it won’t end well for us. “

East Carter (1-6, including a COVID-19 forfeit loss) led twice early in the game and scored the first four points of the second quarter to hang on to one of the Jaguars.

Makyla Wagoner and Maci Moore each led the Raiders Bucket Lane to start the second. Moore’s 6:00 am shot circled the circle before falling, after Wagoner saved that possession by forcing a jump ball.

Moore was fouled while filming. She missed the ensuing charity shot which resulted in the team rebounding out of bounds as East Carter held onto possession with another crack in mind.

But the Raiders returned it – one of 15 first-half giveaways – and Floyd Central scored the next six points, starting with Kamryn Shannon’s bucket in the lane.

The Jaguars built their advantage to nine points in the last minute of the first half and 19 in three fields.

Kennedy Harvel scored 21 points and was named player of the game for Floyd Central (9-2, including a COVID-19 forfeit win). Shannon had 14 points.

“Once she starts defensively, normally her offense wins,” Triplett said of Harvel. “She feeds off a lot of her teammates. Kennedy is a really good shot; we’re trying to make her game a really good finisher.”

Kinsley Rutledge was East Carter’s player of the game. She had nine rebounds to score her team’s 46-31 advantage on the glass and was one of six Raiders to score at least five points but no more than six. Rutledge and Wagoner scored six points each, and Moore, Rachel Tussey, Karyssa Marcum and Tori Bishop scored five each.

“We’re trying to find that mix and match between the kids who can keep the way we have to play, to force some turnovers,” said Damron, “then push the ball and get into position to catch and score.

“I love our children, they love each other, everyone gets along well,” continued Damron. “We have athletic ability; we just need to gain experience and strength.”

This was the first meeting between East Carter and Floyd Central, which opened in 2017 with the consolidation of Allen Central and South Floyd.

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F. CENTRAL 19 12 17 6 ​​- 54

E. CARTER 14 10 5 8 – 37

Floyd Central (54) – Harvel 21, J. Johnson 6, Shannon 14, Martin 6, Compton 2, C. Johnson 5, Holle, Hall, Little, Lafferty, Sullivan. 3-Pt. FG: 1 (C. Johnson). FT: 9-11. Fouls: 11.

Carter East (37) – Mac. Moore 5, Wagoner 6, Tussey 5, Adams 2, Rutledge 6, Marcum 5, Bishop 5, Tiller 3, Ockerman, S. Williams, B. Boggs, Mad. Moore, McGuire, R. Hall. 3-Pt. FG: 4 (Mac. Moore, Tussey, Marcum, Bishop). FT: 3-8. Fouls: 9.


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