Lady Bears sweep past Harlan in district clash

By John Henson, Managing Editor

After four straight three-set losses to begin the season, the Harlan County Lady Bears have now reeled off four straight three-set wins. HCHS claimed a 25-17, 25-13, 25-22 victory Thursday over visiting Harlan in a district clash that featured a raucous student section on both sides that created a postseason atmosphere.
Harlan County got off to a strong start, leading of the way in the opening two sets, before Harlan made the third set extremely interesting. Carley Thomas served as Harlan scored the first seven points. Marissa Marlowe followed in serve as the lead grew to 11-2. Harlan was still in control, up 18-10, when Harlan County’s Kalista Dunn took over around the net with numerous cross-court kills that sparked a comeback. Harlan County went on an 11-3 run to take the lead. Lindsey Browning had an ace and Destiny Cornett finished off the set with a point.
Browning led the Lady Bears with 13 kills and eight service aces. Cornett had 20 assists, two kills and one ace. Dunn added seven kills and four digs. Lindsay Hall contributed six kills and four aces. Kamryn Hoiska and Lesleigh Brown each added one ace. Chloe Shelton had one assist. Lily Caballero had one kill.
Thomas led Harlan with six service aces, four kills and one dig. Emma Owens had four assists, three digs and one ace. Marissa Marlowe added two aces, two digs, two assists, two blocks and one kill. Annie Hoskins had one ace, one kill and one block. Mallory McNiel had one kill and one assist. Tess Bryson had one dig.
Harlan (4-2, 1-1) plays in the 13th Region All “A” Classic on Saturday. Harlan County (4-4, 2-0) plays at South Laurel on Monday.
Harlan County won 21-13, 21-17 in junior varsity action.
Ashton Evans had eight straight service points for the Lady Bears, in addition to six aces and four kills. Destiny Cornett had seven sets, three aces and two kills. Brooke Wood added five kills.