Saturday’s “Crestline Scores & Events”
For 19 seasons, Debbie Hoskins Green had a front row seat on the home bench at Middlesboro High School before returning to Harlan County over the summer to take over as coach. Green, who was the head coach for nine years an assistant for 10, made a triumphant return Friday as the Lady Bears grabbed a big lead early on the way to a 55-20 rout. Green’s daughter, Blair, the Lady Bears’ standout freshman guard, also had a nice homecoming with 21 points against her former team. Kaylea Gross, Harlan County’s freshman center, hit eight of nine shots in a 16-point, nine-rebound effort. HCHS (5-1 overall, 1-0 district) held Middlesboro without a basket in the opening 10 minutes in racing to a 17-1 lead and then appeared to put it on a cruise control from there, missing numerous shots around the basket while lacking the aggressiveness on offense that had been a strength in the opening five games. Middlesboro (1-4 overall, 0-2 district) was limited to 15 percent (three of 20) shooting from the field was outrebounded 38-14.
With the region’s tallest lineup, going from 5-8 to 6-1, the Lady Bears overwhelmed Middlesboro with their size and strength early. Gross had three baskets in the paint in the first quarter while Green and Kate Evans added one each for a 15-1 lead after one period. Bailey Hensley’s basket with 6:05 left in the first half was the first and only field goal for Middlesboro in the first half. The Lady Jackets lived at the free throw line through much of the second quarter as Harlan County was only able to extend its lead to 33-10 by halftime. Green had three baskets and Gross added two in the second quarter to lead the Lady Bears. The Lady Bears regained some intensity in the third quarter and opened with a 10-0 run led by two baskets each from Noe and Green and one by Gross. Two more baskets by Gross pushed the lead to 47-12 and started a running close with 2:35 left in the third quarter. Both coaches turned the game over to the reserves in the fourth quarter as HCHS outscored Middlesboro 8-5. Morgan Napier provided one of the highlights for the Lady Bears in the quarter with four rebounds. Lainey Cox had two baskets and Noah Canady added one as the Harlan County freshmen closed out the game. Harlan County returns to action Saturday at home against South Laurel at 1:30 p.m. Middlesboro travels to Oneida Baptist on Tuesday.
Returning to the scene of two of their most disappointing losses last year, the Harlan County Black Bears left little doubt they were going to leave Middlesboro with a win this time. Harlan County dominated every phase of the game in rolling to a 78-18 rout against the rebuilding Jackets, who knocked the Bears out of the 52nd District Tournament last year at Middlesboro. “I tried to explain it’s a different year, but I think the kids wanted to pay them back, I guess you could say,” Harlan County coach Michael Jones said. “We wanted to come down here and play as hard as we could and get back on the right track after what happened at Knox Central (an 81-62 loss Tuesday).” The Bears owned a whopping 38-13 advantage on the boards and forced 25 turnovers, leading to numerous easy baskets in transition. “We did good job tonight pressuring the ball and shooting the gaps on the weak side,” Jones said. “We’re capable of doing that because of our quickness. We still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but we’ll get there.” Guards Cameron Carmical and Trey Sanders led the Harlan County offense with 12 points each as Carmical hit three 3-pointers and Sanders added two. The duo combined for three 3-pointers in the opening period as the raced to a 17-4 lead. The Bears hit 10 of 17 shots in the opening quarter, closing the period with a basket by Carmical and two by Treyce Spurlock for a 24-7 lead. Senior forward Tyler Miller took over the boards in the second quarter as Harlan County hit 10 of 15 shots, led by two baskets each from Cody Bumgardner and Spurlock for a 51-10 lead by halftime as a running clock started with over two minutes left in the period. Sanders hit a pair of 3-pointers and Jared Sizemore added one as the lead grew to 68-14 by the end of the third period. Sophomore guard Will Bowling hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and freshmen Lamar Burkhart, Paul Stapleton and Andrew Creech also scored as the Bears closed out the victory and improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in 52nd District action. Senior guard Micah Robbins scored five points to lead the Jackets, who fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in district action.
Harlan County plays host to Elkmont, Ala., on Saturday at 7 as part of the Black Bears Classic. Middlesboro travels to Pineville on Tuesday. Cody Bumgardner 7, Cameron Carmical 12, Treyce Spurlock 8, Trey Sanders 12, Tyler Miller 8, Cody Brewer 6, Jared Sizemore 6, David Turner 6, Drew Nolan 1, Andrew Creech 4, Paul Stapleton 2, Lamar Burkhart 2, Will Bowling 4.
The defending 52nd District champions may have four new starters, but the Bell County Bobcats showed they won’t be relinquishing their title without a fight.Bell County closed Friday’s game with a 13-4 run to pull out a 52-46 come-from-behind win over the Harlan Green Dragons.
Other Friday night boys basketball games were:
South Laurel defeated West Jessamine 82-61
Shelby Valley over Jenkins 90-55
Clay Co over North Laurel 65-64
For the girls:
Bell Co. beat Harlan Co. 68-26
Clay over North Laurel 67-53
The next KY Wildcats game will be held at Rupp Arena in Lexington against North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 12 noon.
The Lady Wildcats will be playing Belmont at Lexington on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6pm.
(Some items from Saturday’s, December 13th, Scores & Events courtesy of Harlandaily.com, KHSAA, ukathletics.com)