Balanced attack carries Bears to scrimmage win over Great Crossing


John Henson

Harlan County coach Michael Jones talked with his Black Bears during scrimmage action last week. The Bears defeated Great Crossing on Saturday and will open the regular season Monday at Perry Central.

LONDON — Behind a balanced scoring attack that saw all five starters score at least nine points, the Harlan County Black Bears defeated 11th Region contended Great Crossing 63-60 on Saturday at the G.J. Smith Classic at South Laurel.

The classic, named for late Laurel County coaching and basketball great G.J. Smith, is a day of scrimmages that feature 13th region squads against foes from across Kentucky.

The Bears won the matchup against the Warhawks behind clutch shooting and defensive stops in preparation for their season opener at 14th region power Perry County Central.

HCHS was led in scoring by senior guard Jackson Huff’s 16 points and sophomore guard Jonah Swanner’s 15. Sophomore guard Trent Noah added 11. Junior guard Daniel Carmical and freshman guard Maddox Huff scored nine points each. Sophomore forward Tristan Cooper chipped in with three.

The Warhawks were led by freshman center Malachi Moreno’s 12 points.

In junior varsity action, Harlan County lost a close matchup with Great Crossing by a score of 47-44.

The Bears will open their season Monday night in Hazard as they face Perry County Central.