Lady Dragons celebrate Senior Night with rout of Barbourville


Chris Jones

Harlan’s Aymanni Wynn reached for a loose ball in a game earlier this season. Wynn had 21 points and nine rebounds in the Lady Dragons’ 65-35 win over Barbourville on Thursday.

Harlan snapped a four-game losing streak with a 65-35 win Thursday over Barbourville on Senior Night.

Angel Wynn, Alli Thompson and Kaylee Leslie were honored before the game.

“It’s hard to describe them. I’ve had them all four years. My first four-year seniors,” said Harlan coach Tiffany Hamm. “I’m just super close to them. They take care of a lot of things for me, but they’re going to be super successful just because they do things the right way.”

Leslie has missed most the season due to medical issues, according to Hamm.

But it was the younger duo of freshman Aymanni Wynn and eighth-grader Kylie Noe who combined for 38 points and 19 rebounds for Harlan. Aymanni Wynn fired in 21 points and had nine rebounds while Noe poured in 17 points and had a game-high 10 boards.

The Lady Dragons shot 48 percent (27 of 56) from the field. The Lady Tigers hit 14 of 35 shots from the field for 40 percent.

Harlan held a huge advantage on the boards, outrebounding Barbourville 36-13.

“I thought in the first half we dominated the boards,” said Hamm. “We went with a bigger lineup that we played with over the past weekend. That was a huge positive.”

Abbi Fields scored four points and Aymanni Wynn nailed a 3-pointer as the Lady Dragons took a 9-4 lead after four minutes. Aymanni Wynn scored seven points during a 9-0 run. Faith Hoskins nailed a 3-pointer and Fields and Emma Owens each had basketa as Harlan led 23-10 after one quarter.

Thompson started a 12-0 run as the Lady Dragons pushed their lead to 39-13 with 2:12 left in the first half. During the 12-0 run, Noe and Aymanni Wynn had four points apiece.

Harlan led 48-15 at halftime with a 22-4 advantage on the boards.

Angel Wynn’s basket with 16 seconds into the third period started a running clock. Noe had two baskets in the quarter as the Lady Dragons led 55-24 entering the final period.

Angel Wynn hit a 3-pointer and Noe scored three points in the final period as Harlan cruised to the victory.

Fields finished the night with eight points for Harlan. Owens added six points and six assists.

Junior forward Aimee Woolum hit six of 10 shots from the field to lead Barbourville with 15 points. Lauren Smith scored eight. The Lady Tigers only dressed eight players for the game.

Barbourville had 17 turnovers compared to nine for the Lady Dragons.

“We were able to get out and run, and we’re a lot better team when we can do that,” added Hamm.

Harlan (6-13) returns to action tonight, playing host to Lynn Camp (9-14). The Lady Dragons will host Letcher Central on Monday and close the regular season Tuesday in the first game of a girls/boys doubleheader at Red Bird.

Barbourville (3-15) entertains Red Bird (5-14) tonight, travels to Middlesboro on Thursday and plays host to the Lady Cardinals on March 12.

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Harlan fell 35-30 on Saturday at Madison Central.
Eighth-grade guard Nataya Strader led the 9-11 Lady Indians with seven points.
Harlan was led by eighth-grade forward Kylie Noe with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Madison Central (35) — Nataya Strader 7, Eden Carter 6, Brianna Bierbaum 6, Bailey Hensley 5, Eve Carter 5, Brittany Campbell 4, Raelynn Miller 2.
Harlan (30) — Emma Owens 9, Aymanni Wynn 3, Kylie Noe 16, Abbi Fields 2, Angel Wynn 0, Alli Thompson 0, Peighton Jones 0, Faith Hoskins 0.