Fourth-quarter surge helps HCHS hold off Pineville’s upset bid


John Henson

Harlan County guard Taytum Griffin worked on defense against Jackson County earlier this season. The Lady Bears rallied for a 56-44 victory Monday over Pineville.

A 26-point winner last month at Pineville, the Harlan County Lady Bears found themselves down by six in the rematch Monday at HCHS before the Lady Bears went on an 18-2 run in the fourth quarter to win 56-44.
Sophomore guard Ella Karst scored 21 to lead the Lady Bears, including the first seven points of the fourth quarter to put Harlan County ahead to stay. Jaylin Smith and Hailey Austin added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Junior guard Abigail Jackson led the 4-12 Lady Lions with 18 points.
Harlan County took a 14-9 lead after one quarter as Karst scored eight and Smith added four to lead the Lady Bears.
Austin scored eight in the second quarter as the Lady Bears took a 28-24 lead into the break.
Jackson scored seven points in a 12-4 run in the third quarter as Pineville took the lead before Harlan County’s strong finish.
The 7-7 Lady Bears play host to Bell County on Tuesday in the first game of a girls/boys district doubleheader. Pineville travels to Corbin on Thursday.
Junior center Talhay McQueen scored 19 points as Pineville won 37-33 in junior varsity action.
Cheyenne Rhymer led the 2-5 Lady Bears with 12 points. Whitney Noe scored seven, followed by Peyton Lunsford with six, Maddi Middleton and Savannah Hill with three each and Whitley Teague with two.