Houston Carter is just a sophomore but he got going from beyond the arc in a big way Wednesday night for Nelson County.
Carter exploded for a career high 26 points including seven 3-pointers as the Governors picked up a 68-48 victory over William Monroe at home. The win pushes the Governors to 5-2 on the season as second year head coach Brian Wilson’s squad continues to show significant progress in year two.
Carter knocked down two of those even 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Governors kept the Dragons at arm’s length after stretching out their lead with a big third quarter. Nelson outscored Monroe 18-9 in that frame, continuing a strong push that started with an electric 26-point second quarter that came on the heels of a slow start. With a 19-point lead heading into the fourth, Nelson closed the the door with Carter continuing to knock down big shots.
Nelson also got a strong performance from junior Devon Cousins, who also notched a career high with 10 points and his first career double double with 10 critical rebounds.
Devante Rose finished with 10 points, attacking the basket and drawing fouls throughout the second quarter, where he went 6-for-6 at the line and helped ignite that big quarter.
The Dragons got a balanced offensive effort but couldn’t overcome the Governors’ surge fueled by Carter’s shooting. Darrell Watson led the way with 12 points while Jaekwon Wayne had 11, Logan Barbour finished with 10 and Parker Woolford chipped in nine.
Nelson travels to take on Chatham Thursday night while the Dragons play Temple Christian on the road, also on Thursday.