Jordan Brock and the Lady Dragons couldn’t be stopped from long range during Tuesday’s district game against Middlesboro. Harlan used strong 3-point shooting en route to a 65-29 victory.
The Lady Dragons hit 18 3-pointers throughout the game while scoring only four baskets from inside long range. Jordan Brock finished with a game-high 26 points with 24 points coming from behind 3-point line.
Noah Canady scored 13 points, and McKenzie King finished the game with 10 points.
“It’s Harlan. They’re the defending 13th Region champs and All A champs from last year,” said Middlesboro coach Ron Edwards. “They come out and they’re 18-for-24 from the 3-point line. They shot lights out.”
“I thought we played as well as we could play. When they’re knocking it down from 30 (feet), I don’t know what you can do.”
Baylie Brunsma paced the Middlesboro offense with 12 points — all coming in the first half. Hannah Warren was the only other Lady Jacket to score multiple baskets during the game. She finished the night with eight points.
“When we were patient and settled into our offense, we executed and we scored. I was pleased with the girls’ effort,” said Edwards. “Once again, it’s kind of disheartening. (Harlan) comes down and jacks one up from 30 and scores.”
“When we did run our offense, we got good shots. The girls are buying into the offense, and that’s all you can ask them as a coach. We just got to get in the gym and get better.”
Harlan pulled away to a 27-11 lead midway through the second quarter with a 3-pointer by Taylor Simpson. Brock scored back-to-back threes following a 3-pointer by Brunsma to increase the lead to 33-14 with under a minute left in the half.
Brunsma hit another 3-pointer right before the buzzer to narrow the lead to 33-17 heading into halftime.
The Lady Dragons outscored the Lady Jackets in the third quarter 16-6 while scoring only two more baskets from the field than Middlesboro. Canady and Brock led the effort in the quarter scoring six and five points, respectively.
Harlan ballooned their lead to 49-23 heading into the final quarter.
With Brock on the bench, the Lady Dragons put together another 16-6 quarter. Harlan started the fourth on a 10-2 run that was capped by a steal and layup from Canady that brought the score to 59-25.
Warren stopped the run with three minutes remaining in the game after she hit two free throws to narrow the lead to 59-27. The Lady Dragons outscored Middlesboro 6-2 down the stretch to secure the 36-point victory.
Middlesboro (0-2) returns to action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in a district game against Harlan County (2-1).
Harlan (3-0) travels to Bell County (1-3) at 6 p.m. on Friday in their second district game.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN