Wilder tops 30 again as Lady Cats down Harlan to stay perfect in district


Jon Dickenson

Bell County guard Lauren McGeorge was surrounded by Harlan’s Emma Owens and Peighton Jones in Thursday’s district clash.

Bell County junior forward Gracie Jo Wilder followed her 39-point performance on Tuesday in a win over visiting Harlan County with a 33-point effort Thursday as the Lady Cats moved within one win of locking up the 52nd District’s top seed with a 77-46 rout at Harlan.
Bell County improved to 3-0 in district play while the Lady Dragons fell to 1-1.
Senior guard Mataya Ausmus and sophomore guard Lauren McGeorge each scored 15 points for the Lady Cats, who have won 11 straight over Harlan.
The Lady Dragons were led in scoring by sophomore guard Kylie Noe with 18 points. Aymanni Wynn tossed in nine points. Emma Owens added eight.
Wilder scored 19 points and Ausmus had nine as Bell County took a 24-7 advantage after one quarter.
Twelve points by Wilder in the second period stretched the lead to 43-24 at halftime.
Wilder poured in nine points in the third quarter as the Lady Cats extended the lead to 69-38.
Bell County will host Knox Central on Friday and North Laurel on Tuesday
Harlan (7-10) will play host to Middlesboro tonight in a girls/boys district doubleheader. The Lady Dragons will host Letcher Central on Tuesday.
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Abbi Fields and Raegan Goodman each scored 12 points as Harlan defeated the Lady Cats 45-41 in the junior varsity game.
Addison Campbell tossed in nine points and Addison Jackson scored seven. Peyshaunce Wynn scored five for the Lady Dragons.
Nevaeh Allen paced Bell County with 19 points. Addison Lucas tossed in nine and Anna Miracle scored six. Kaitlyn Middleton added five. Laiken Hammontree and Jada Boaterg each had one.


Bell County (77)
Mataya Ausmus 15, Lauren McGeorge 15, Gracie Jo Wilder 33, Kylee Greer 2, Kairi Lamb 4, Addison Lucas 4, Mikayla Gambrel 2, Nevaeh Allen 2, Hallee Jones 0, Kaitlyn Middleton 0, Anna Miracle 0.
Harlan (46)
Emma Owens 8, Aymanni Wynn 9, Kylie Noe 18, Leah Davis 2, Peighton Jones 3, Addison Jackson 2, Raegan Goodman 1, Peyshaunce Wynn 2, Gracie Hensley 1, Annie Hoskins 0.

Bell County 24 19 26 8 — 77
Harlan 7 17 14 8 — 46
3-point goals: Bell County 12 (McGeorge 5, Ausmus 4, Wilder 3), Harlan 2 (Owens 1, Aymanni Wynn 1).