Cedar Bluff’s Car­pen­ter earns 600th ca­reer win

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By Shan­non Fa­gan

Sports Editor mile­stone vic­tory.

“There’s prob­a­bly 600 peo­ple or more who are in­volved with that, even all the way back to Ragland,” Car­pen­ter said. “I’m just blessed to be able to stay in it as long as I have. There are a lot of peo­ple who don’t do that any­more.

“In­stead of mov­ing around where the ath­letes were, I think I’m blessed to have stayed at two schools, tak­ing what’s come through our doors. With­out the play­ers, the as­sis­tant coaches and the ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port, then it’s just a num­ber. It’s noth­ing I’ve done. I just hap­pen to be the one sit­ting right in front (on the bench).”

Coosa Chris­tian coach Richard Hollingsworth called Car­pen­ter’s ac­com­plish­ment “as­tro­nom­i­cal.”

“He’s steady. He does such a fan­tas­tic job. He knows how to win, and he knows how to get his kids ready to win,” Hollingsworth said. “I think Joe would tell you he shares a lot of credit, but he cer­tainly knows what he’s do­ing.”

Hollingsworth and the Lady Con­querors (88, 3-3) made Car­pen­ter earn his lat­est mile­stone. They slowed the pace for much of the first half. Cedar Bluff led 8-5 at the end of the first quar­ter and 24-16 at half­time.

But in the third quar­ter, the Lady Tigers found their rhythm and put the game out of reach. They outscored Coosa Chris­tian 19-5 in the third quar­ter to take a 43-21 ad­van­tage.

“Their game plan was not to let us fast break,” Car­pen­ter said. “When they got us in slow­down mode, they sped up and caught us nap­ping a cou­ple of times. They took it to us in the first half. I told them we’ve got to go back out and im­pose our will back on them. We kind of got in gear a lit­tle bit, and once we got go­ing, it was down­hill for us.”

Lexi Moten added 11 points for the Lady Tigers. Alexis Smith con­trib­uted seven points, eight boards and seven steals. Han­nah Cosby also added seven points. Kiana Dob­bins and Ol­lina McClel­lan both fin­ished with five points.

Claire David­son led the Lady Con­querors with nine points. Sa­mara Brew­ster fin­ished with seven points.

Cedar Bluff bas­ket­ball coach Joe Car­pen­ter earned his 600th ca­reer win on Jan. 12 in the Lady Tigers’ 59-30 vic­tory against Coosa Chris­tian.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.