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Carrs drive Wildcats to victory

Brother act Kevin and Macey, united on the floor, get White Plains off to a fast start in its victory over Piedmont

Brothers Kevin (10) and Macey Carr played a big role in White Plains' victory over Piedmont.

Brothers Kevin (10) and Macey Carr played a big role in White Plains’ victory over Piedmont.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Macey Carr has been waiting a long time to play on the same team with his brother again. It’s the same feeling Kevin Carr remembers having when it was his turn to play with his older brother.

White Plains rode their Carrs to a first-half lead Monday night that carried the Wildcats to a 77-63 victory over Piedmont.

Kevin, a 5-11 senior guard, and Macey, a 6-1 sophomore post, combined for 21 points in the half as the Wildcats opened a 47-36 lead.

The last time they played on the same team was in a White Plains recreation league as pre-teens. Before getting to play together this year, Macey played on the Wildcats’ junior high team last year as a freshman while Kevin played on the varsity after transferring from Donoho.

“It’s awesome,” Macey said. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to play with my brother. I really wanted to play with Chris but I never had the chance to, so it’s been an honor to play with my older brother and learn from him. It’s been wonderful.”

Kevin did play two seasons with their older brother Chris when they were together at Donoho, so he understands the anticipation Macey felt to play with him.

“It was kind of the same way,” Kevin said. “I was really eager to play with him … just to have that bond with him and if we need to pick up the intensity and being able to know we got each other’s back regardless of the situation.”

Macey said it’s “pretty neat” when the brothers are clicking together as they were early against the Bulldogs. With Michael McGuirk, a big part of the Wildcats’ offense, out sick until at least Friday, Jerod Guthrie in early foul trouble and post Murphy Doss off his game, the Wildcats needed to find offense somewhere and the Carrs were happy to oblige.

Kevin scored 11 of his 13 points in the first quarter as the Wildcats (12-5) raced to a 24-13 lead and Macey, patient in the post, scored 10 of his team-high 14 in the second.

“Kevin did a great job of attacking the rim,” White Plains coach Chris Randall said. “We don’t run a lot of plays for Kevin (but) he always winds up with 10 or 12; he just finds a way to score it. He did a great job in transition, putting pressure on the rim and drawing fouls. You know exactly what you’re going to get out of him.

“Macey, on the other hand, you’re talking about a wild card; you don’t know what you’re going to get from Macey. Tonight, was the confident, poised, attacking Macey. It was Kevin running the show and Macey doing all the dirty work inside … and when he’s playing like, when his motor’s running, we think Macey is going to be hard to take out by the end of the season. He has a huge upside.”

Guthrie found his range late, hit two fourth-quarter 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Lawrence Jackson had 10 and Eli Hightower, who found his long-range stroke on the beach in Destin, had nine on three 3-pointers.

Piedmont’s Darnell Jackson led all scorers with 20 points. Taylor Hayes had 10 for the Bulldogs (7-6).

Now that he’s getting to play with his brother on a regular basis, there’s one more thing Macey Carr is waiting for.

“I’m just waiting on them lobs,” he said.

It can only be a matter of time.

White Plains 77, Piedmont 63

PIEDMONT (7-6) – A.J. Fairs 3 0-2 9, Darnell Jackson 5 8-10 20, Taylor Hayes 3 3-3 10, Bret Akin 1 0-0 2, Easton Kirk 2 0-0 5, Cardavion Myers 0 1-2 1, Malik Gamble 0 0-0 0, Bayley Blanchard 2 5-5 9, Austin Brazier 1 3-6 5, Justin Young 0 2-2 2. Totals 17 22-30 63.

WHITE PLAINS (12-5) – Jerod Guthrie 4 2-2 12, Peyton Morgan 0 0-0 0, Dylan McCareeth 0 0-0 0, Kevin Carr 4 3-3 13, Eli Hightower 3 0-0 9, Jackson Guthrie 3 0-0 6, Quez Wyatt 2 2-2 7, Lawrence Jackson 4 2-2 10, Macey Carr 6 2-8 14, Murphy Doss 1 0-0 2, Brett Beaver 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 11-17 77.

Piedmont 13 23 7 20 — 63
White Plains 24 23 11 19 — 77

3-point goals: Piedmont 7 (Fairs 3, Jackson 2, Hayes, Kirk); White Plains 8 (Je. Guthrie 2, K. Carr 2, Hightower 3, Wyatt). Total fouls: Piedmont 14, White Plains 23. Officials: Calkins, Gilbert, Chambers.

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