Saturday’s “Crestline Scores & Events”
In recent basketball action, the Lady Bears blew a 12-point lead as South Doyle, Tenn., rallied to force overtime, then went on to win 46-43. Harlan County (11-1) bounced back later in the day with a 39-22 win over another Tennessee team, Cherokee High School.
Freshman center Kaylea Gross took over late in the first half, reeling off six straight points on two free throws followed by back-to-back baskets on nice passes from Blair Green and Noah Canady on consecutive trips down the court.
Harlan County’s 22-7 halftime lead quickly grew in the second half as Rebecca Middleton scored twice followed by baskets from Breann Turner and Green. Reanna Middleton and Green had baskets late in the scrimmage after Cherokee had pulled to within 13.
The Harlan County junior varsity ran its record to 11-0 with two more wins, 45-30 over Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and 29-12 over Williamsburg in a game that lasted only a half as the Lady Jackets forfeited.
Harlan County closes its summer schedule with scrimmages Monday at the University of the Cumberlands and Tuesday at the University of Kentucky.
With a rotation that currently includes two juniors and five sophomores, the Harlan County Black Bears could enter the 2015-2016 season as the 13th Region’s youngest team. A rough summer of transition following the graduation of four key players could have been anticipated, but through 20 scrimmages the Bears are playing well above their years and took a 13-7 summer mark into the AAU state tournament that began on Thursday at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington.
Harlan County earned perhaps its two most impressive wins of the summer on Tuesday in Hazard as the Bears knocked off 13th Region contender North Laurel 42-38 and traditional 14th Region power Hazard 59-39, a drastic turnaround from two weeks earlier when the Bears lost 46-40 at Hazard.
The HCHS junior varsity team, which is dominated by freshmen, downed Hazard 53-52 and North Laurel 44-32.
Junior guards Cameron Carmical and Treyce Spurlock, both three-year starters, have led the Bears this summer. Sophomore guard Drew Nolan has also played well, scoring in double figures numerous times this summer. Junior center David Turner and sophomore forward Tyrese Simmons have started this summer as well. Guard Andrew Creech and forward Lamar Burkhart, both key members of last year’s regional championship freshman team, along with Nolan and Simmons, have seen extensive action in the HCHS rotation this summer. The Bears have played without forward Cody Brewer, the only senior on the roster, throughout the summer.
Harlan County will face tough competition in the AAU tourney. The Bears were in Pool F along with Lafayette, Montgomery County and Western Hills. No scores were found to be available at this time. Check out your local Harlan Daily Enterprise for more.
Tournament action is set for Saturday and Sunday.
There will be no NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing action this weekend due to the Father’s Day holiday.
(Some items from Saturday’s, June 20, 2015, Scores & Events courtesy of Harlandaily.com)