HCHS boys open summer schedule at Hazard

By John Henson, Managing Editor

HAZARD — It may not be a typical summer for the Harlan County High School boys basketball team.
The Black Bears opened their summer schedule Thursday at Memorial Gym at the Hazard Team Camp. The Bears have traditionally played well in the summer and at the Hazard camp but are a long way from full strength with standout sophomore point guard Trent Noah sidelined as he recovers from the foot injury that sidelined him in last year’s 13th Region Tournament.
Harlan County led late in its opening scrimmage against Perry Central before the Commodores closed with a 5-0 run to win 51-48.
The Bears led by 10 early against Martin County and were tied at halftime. Martin went on a 18-4 run early in the second half to post a 68-47 victory.
Freshman guard Maddox Huff led the Bears against Perry Central with a 31-point performance. Daniel Carmical added nine points, followed by Jeremiah Clem with six and Jaycee Carter with two.
Huff scored 12 and Carmical added 11 against Martin. Clem scored eight, followed by Carter with six, Jackson Huff with five, Brody Napier with three and Jared Rhymer with two.
HCHS took a lead late in a junior varsity scrimmage against Hazard as Napier hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Bears up 33-32. The Bulldogs scored the final three points to win 35-33.
Carter scored 15 and Napier added 11 for the Bears. Brayden Hensley tossed in three points. Jared Rhymer and Caleb Johnson scored two each.
Harlan County will return to action June 2 at Lindsey Wilson College.