Jackets send Harlan County to its first loss


Chris Jones

Harlan County guard Jonah Swanner went up for a shot in action against Corbin earlier this season. The Bears suffered their first loss of the season Friday at Williamsburg.


Two undefeated teams entered the Wayne Bargo Classic on Friday at Williamsburg. Only one was being discussed as a regional contender.
Williamsburg grabbed a big dose of respect by holding off visiting Harlan County 74-72 in overtime.
Senior guard Micah Steely poured in 33 points, including the game-winning basket just before time expired. Evan Ellis and Martin Shannon added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the 4-0 Jackets.
Trent Noah led the 3-1 Bears with 18 points. Jackson Huff and Daniel Carmical added 15 points each.
The Bears shot an ice cold 37 percent (25 of 67) for the game, including 26 percent (nine of 35) from behind the 3-point line and 59 percent (13 of 22) from the free-throw line.
After opening the season with double-digit wins over Perry Central, Rockcastle County and Corbin, the Bears may have been feeling too good about themselves, according to coach Michael Jones.
“These are the outcome of games when you start listening to ‘rat poison’ as (Alabama coach Nick) Saban would say,” Jones said. “Adversity is what reveals an individual’s character. We have some high character kids. They will respond the right way.”
Harlan County will return to action Saturday at home against South Laurel.