Lady Bears take control early in win over Jenkins


Connor Blevins

Harlan County junior forward Paige Phillips raced down the court during the Lady Bears’ 71-41 win Friday over Jenkins. Phillips scored four points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds as HCHS improved to 14-5.

Harlan County exploded for 35 points in the first quarter and rolled to a 71-41 win over visiting Jenkins on Friday.
Nine Lady Bears scored in the quarter as HC led 35-8 after one period. Hailey Austin hit three treys and Kylie Jones nailed two in the opening quarter.
Junior guard Ella Karst scored 12 of her 18 points in the second quarter as Harlan County built a 57-17 advantage.
The second half featured a running clock and the Lady Cavaliers outscored HC 24-14.
Austin finished with nine points for the Lady Bears. Jaylin Smith added eight. Taytum Griffin, Kylie Jones and Faith Hoskins all scored six each.
The Lady Bears shot 43 percent (25 of 58) from the floor, including seven 3-pointers. HC connected on 14 of 17 free throws.
Harlan County grabbed 21 rebounds. Paige Phillips pulled down six.
Junior guard Emma Stewart led Jenkins with 16 points. Junior forward Alexis Richie scored 10.
Harlan County (14-5) travels to Knott Central on Friday before hosting Johnson Central on Saturday.
Jenkins (8-7) plays host to East Ridge on Monday and scheduled to visit Leslie County on Friday.
Harlan County (71) — Ella Karst 18, Taytum Griffin 6, Hailey Austin 9, Jaylin Smith 8, Taylor Lunsford 3, Kylie Jones 6, Paige Phillips 4, Faith Hoskins 6, Savannah Hill 4, Cheyanne Rhymer 3, Lacey Robinson 2, Whitley Teague 2.
Jenkins (41) — Alyssa Fields 0, Emma Stewart 16, Cadence Firth 7, Alexis Richie 10, Addison Stonic 2, Makayla Morris 0, Haylee Thacker 6, Harlow Bates 0, Anyia Chiphua 0.

Jenkins 8 9 13 11 — 41
Harlan County 35 22 6 8 — 71
3-point goal: Jenkins 4 (Firth 2,Thacker 2), Harlan County 7 (Austin 3, Jones 2, Karst 1, Rhymer 1).

Harlan County senior Jaylin Smith put up a shot in Friday’s win over Jenkins. (Connor Blevins)