Mackenzie King and Jordan Brock helped Harlan build a 25-point first half lead. The Lady Dragons never looked back as they handed Bell County a 55-40 loss on Friday.
It was the Lady Cats’ fourth consecutive loss with all three resulting in double-digit defeats. With the victory, Harlan picked up its fourth straight victory with a matchup against Clay County being the only win by less than double figures.
King paced the Lady Dragon offense scoring 24 points with 15 points coming from behind the 3-point line. Brock scored 16 points during the game, while Noah Canady finished the game with 13. Together the trio combined for 53 points.
Brandi Haywood was the only other Lady Dragon to put points on the board.
Caleigh Collett’s 13-point performance led Bell County. Eight of her points came from the field. Freshman Brittany Davis and senior Bethany Miracle tallied seven points apiece.
Cheyenne Hatfield and Ashley Middleton finished the game with five points.
With 2:58 remaining in the first half, Harlan built a 26-10 lead over the Lady Cats. Collett temporarily stopped the Lady Dragon momentum with two free throws that cut the lead to 26-12.
The Lady Dragons finished the second quarter on a tear scoring 11 straight points. A King 3-pointer started the run with just over two minutes remaining in the half. In fitting fashion, she ended the run with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Harlan a 37-12 lead.
Bell started gaining a little momentum early in the third. After trading baskets to open the half, Collett nailed a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 39-17.
Ashley Middleton completed an old fashion three-point play with 4:41 to narrow the lead to 40-20. The 20-point deficit was short lived as Canady scored five consecutive points to increase the lead to 45-20.
The Lady Cats finished the quarter outscoring Harlan 6-3 to bring the score to 48-26 heading into the final quarter.
Bell County kept the momentum going in the fourth. The Lady Cats outscored the Lady Dragons 15-7 in the final period. The quarter was highlighted by a 7-0 run midway through the period that cut the lead to 50-33.
Despite outscoring Harlan in the fourth, the Lady Dragon lead was too much for the Lady Cats. Harlan walked away with a 15-point victory.
Harlan (4-0) will travel to Letcher Central (3-0) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Bell County (1-4) travels to Thomas Walker, Virginia at 6 p.m. on Monday.
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