Green earns 100th win as HCHS downs Jenkins

Published 8:50 am Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Harlan County bounced back from a 29-point loss at North Laurel two days earlier and gave coach Debbie Green her 100th win with the Lady Bears in a 69-33 rout of Jenkins on Monday.

Green, who led HCHS to its first regional title last March, has compiled a 100-32 record in four and a half seasons at Harlan County.

“It shows the commitment and hard work that our athletes have shown to the program,” Green said. “They really invested and wanted to be part of a program that they and our county can take great pride in. We’ve had some kids who have really raised the bar for the future.”

Senior guards K.K. Johnson and Phebe McHargue bounced back from off nights at North to lead the 10-3 Lady Bears at Jenkins, scoring 15 and 14 points, respectively. Junior forward Morgan Blakley added 10 points.

“It was good to get back on track with a win,” Green said. “The girls really were not happy with their performance and effort on Saturday. I think their struggles to hit shots just really deflated them. I thought tonight they really played loose and hard but focused on finishing and playing better defense. It was nice to see them smiling and enjoying the game.”

Blakley had three baskets in the first quarter while Johnson and McHargue added two each as Harlan County raced to a 19-8 lead after one period. The lead grew to 38-15 by halftime as McHargue led the way with four baskets, including two 3-pointers. Middleton added two baskets in the quarter.

Johnson scored eight points in the third quarter as Harlan County outscored Jenkins 22-5 and built a 60-20 advantage.

Harlan County will return to action Thursday at Lee, Va., in a girls/boys doubleheader.


Sophomore guard Jacey Lewis scored 17 points as Harlan County rolled to a 39-7 win in junior varsity action.

Jaylin Preston added seven points for the 3-1 Lady Bears. Kelly Beth Hoskins scored six, followed by Jaylin Smith with five and Kassy Owens with four.

Sameria Meade led Jenkins with four points.


Harlan County 69, Jenkins 33


Phebe McHargue 6 0-0 14, K.K. Johnson 5 4-5 15, Reanna Middleton 3 0-0 7, Morgan Blakley 5 0-1 10, Breann Turner 3 0-0 6, Kassy Owens 0 1-2 1, Jacey Lewis 2 0-0 5, Kelly Beth Hoskins 1 0-0 2, Jaylin Smith 2 0-0 4, Jaylin Preston 1 0-0 3, Breanna Massey 1 0-0 2. Totals: 29 5-8 69.

JENKINS (4-10)

Kristin Thacker 2 0-2 5, Jerrica Thacker 3 1-2 8, Lindsey Rose 5 1-2 11, Abigail Bentley 0 0-0 0, Sameria Meade 3 3-6 9, Alexis Ritchie 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 5-12 33.

Harlan County 19 19 22 9 — 69

Jenkins 8 7 5 13 — 33

3-poiint goals: Harlan County 6 (McHargue 2, Johnson 1, Middleton 1, Lewis 1, Preston 1), Jenkins 2 (K. Thacker 1, J. Thacker 1).