Fast start sends Bears to win in opening-round of Gatlinburg tourney


Daniel Carmical hit six 3-pointers in Harlan County’s win over Soddy Daisy, Tenn., on Wednesday in the Smoky Mountain Winter Classic.

Harlan County took control early on the way to a 61-45 win on Wednesday over Soddy Daisy, Tenn., in the opening round of the Smoky Mountain Winter Classic at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School.
Junior guard Trent Noah scored 20 points and senior guard Daniel Carmical added 18 to lead the 8-3 Black Bears, who raced to a 19-5 lead after one quarter. The Black Bears led 37-16 at halftime and 54-26 after three quarters.
Shaun Pangle scored 17 points to lead Soddy Daisy.
Harlan County will play Sardis, Ala., in the semifinals on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Harlan County (61) — Trent Noah 20, Daniel Carmical 18, Jonah Swanner 9, Maddox Huff 6, Jaycee Carter 3, Reggie Cottrell 5, Caleb Johnson 0, Brody Napier 0, Brenna Blevins 0, Ethan Simpson 0, Taelor Haywood 0.
Soddy Daisy, Tenn. (45) — Shaun Pangle 17, Nathan Laudtroop 8, Chad Eller 8, Kale Johnson 6, Jonathan Love 4, Blake Bridgman 2.