Bears close summer with wins over Jackson, Leslie

Carmical pours in 40 as Bears hit 23 treys against Eagles

By John Henson, Managing Editor

HYDEN — A summer basketball season that appeared destined for failure with point guard Trent Noah sidelined following surgery turned out to be not so bad after all as Harlan County closed its summer slate with a 13-7 mark Tuesday following two varsity wins at Leslie County High School.
Freshman guard Maddox Huff scored 25 points and sophomore guard Jonah Swanner added 21 as the Bears defeated Jackson County 70-49. Jeremiah Clem tossed in eight, followed by Jackson Huff with seven, Daniel Carmical with six and Ethan Rhymer with three.
Swanner set the tone for the scrimmage with his defense as he forced numerous turnovers, leading to 15 points in the first half, most in transition. Carmical added a pair of 3-pointers, while Maddox Huff and Clem added one each in building a 35-23 halftime lead.
Maddox Huff took over in the second half after Jackson cut the deficit to four. Huff hit four 3-pointers in the second half and scored 18 points.
Carmical poured in 40 points in the win over Leslie, connecting on 12 of the 23 3-pointers hit by the Bears. Jackson Huff hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points. Maddox Huff scored nine on three 3-pointers. Swanner and Rhymer added six and four points, respectively.
The Harlan County junior varsity team also closed its season with a pair of wins, downing Jackson County 52-46 and Leslie County 22-13.
Freshman center Jaycee Carter scored 15 points to lead the Bears against a Jackson team that featured several varsity players. Eighth-grade guards Connor Daniels and Hunter Napier added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Brody Napier scored nine. Brayden Hensley added four.
Carter scored eight in the win over Leslie, followed by Hunter Napier with seven, Brody Napier with three and Taelor Haywood and Daniels with two each.