Clay edges Harlan in 13th Region showdown


Tanner Hoskins

Harlan junior guard Kaleb McLendon battled for a loose ball in Saturday’s 13th Region showdown at Clay County. The host Tigers took an early lead and held on for a 75-70 win.

With four players in double figures, Clay County knocked off visiting Harlan 75-70 on Saturday afternoon in a showdown of 13th Region heavyweights.
Senior guards Connor Robinson and Connor Farmer scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, to lead the Tigers. Raven Abner followed with 18 points. Tate Farmer scored 11.
Junior guard Jordan Akal led the Dragons with 30 points. Kaleb McLendon added 21.
Harlan (10-3) returns to action Tuesday at Hazard. Clay County (9-4) plays at Bell County on Monday.

Clay County rolled to a 53-13 win in junior varsity action, led by 18 points from Tate Rice and 10 from Tyson Wagers.
Tristan Burgan led Harlan (0-6) with five points. Johann Gist scored three. Darius Akal and Derek Pruitt added two each. John Bryson scored one.

Clay County (75) — Raven Abner 18, Connor Robinson 20, Landon Hensley 5, Connor Farmer 19, Tate Farmer 11, Brady Wolfe 2
Harlan (70) — Jordan Akal 30, Kyler McLendon 4, Will Austin 7, Kaleb McLendon 21, Jaedyn Gist 8.

Harlan 16 9 17 28 — 70
Clay County 20 12 15 28 — 75
3-point goals: Harlan 12 (Kaleb McLendon 7, Akal 4, Austin 1), Clay County 4 (Connor Farmer 2, Abner 1, Tate Farmer 1).

Clay County’s Landon Hensley and Harlan’s Jaeden Gist and Clay County’s Landon Hensley battled for the ball in Saturday’s 13th Region clash in Manchester. (Tanner Hoskins)