Lady Bears overcome slow start to edge Jenkins


Kim Henson

Junior guard Taytum Griffith, pictured in action earlier this season, scored 11 points on Tuesday as Harlan County rallied for a 46-43 win at Jenkins.

This time four years ago, Breann Turner was a junior forward on Harlan County’s 13th Region championship team.
On Tuesday night at Jenkins, she was in charge of the team in the absence of coach Anthony Nolan due to a family emergency.
The Lady Bears found themselves down 12-3 after a dreadful first-quarter performance but slowly recovered and posted a 46-43 victory to extend their win streak to eight.
“This was a team-effort win. I talked to them about leadership before the game and how it’s going to take that without coach Nolan there, and they stepped up and showed a lot of leadership tonight,” Turner said. “I’m proud of these girls.”
Sophomore guard Ella Karst scored 14 points and junior guard Taytum Griffin added 11 to lead the 18-10 Lady Bears.
Senior forward Lindsey Rose led the 7-21 Lady Cavaliers with 14 points. Sophomore forward Alexis Richie added 13.
Harlan County closes its regular-season schedule Thursday at home against Red Bird in a girls/boys doubleheader. Jenkins travels to East Ridge on Wednesday.
Jenkins (43) — Lindsey Rose 14, Emma Stewart 8, Skye Brown 6, Cadi Frith 2, Alexis Ritchie 13.
Harlan County (46) — Ella Karst 14, Taytum Griffin 11, Hailey Austin 2, Jaylin Smith 6, Taylor Lunsford 2, Kylie Jones 3, Paige Phillips 4, Abbigail Fields 4, Jaylin Preston 0.

Harlan County 3 9 18 16 — 46
Jenkins 12 5 3 23 — 43
3-point goals: Jenkins 1 (Rose 1), Harlan County 0.