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Dragons avenge loss to Middlesboro

Harlan avenged a 12-point loss to open the season by defeating visiting Middlesboro 50-39 on Thursday in seventh- and eighth-grade basketball action.

Maddox Huff poured in 31 points to lead the 5-2 Dragons, winners of four straight. Nate Montanaro added 10 points.

Cole Cornett scored 11 points and Will Shepherd added eight as Harlan won 30-26 in fifth- and sixth-grade action. The Dragons outscored Middlesboro 11-5 in the fourth quarter to improve to 4-3 overall.

Harlan will return to action Friday at home against Jenkins.

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Harlan (50) — Maddox Huff 31, Dylan Cox 6, Nate Montanaro 10, Jared Moore 1, Cameron Gray 2.

Middlesboro (39) — J. Perry 23, S. Barnard 4, B. Rylee 5, C. Bryce 4, T. Smith 5, T. Lightfoot 1.

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Harlan (30) — Will Shepherd 8, Gage Bailey 3, Eli Freyer 4, Cole Cornett 11, Landon Myers 2, DayJuan Forrester 2.

Middlesboro (26) — Killian 11, Thomas 4, Lauren 1, Young 6, Brown 2, Gillespie 2.

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Huff leads Dragons over Williamsburg

Maddox Huff scored 25 points and Nate Montanaro added 14 as Harlan rolled past visiting Williamsburg 57-40 in seventh- and eighth-grade basketball action Monday.

Harlan won 37-30 in fifth- and sixth-grade action. Will Shepherd paced the Dragons with 11 points.

Harlan defeated Lynn Camp 48-44 in previously unreported action. Huff poured in 36 for the Dragons, followed by Montanaro with seven, Jared Moore with three and Brody Owens with two.

Harlan won 39-16 in fifth- and sixth-grade action. Shepherd and Cornett scored 10 each to lead the Dragons. Freyer added nine and was followed by Perry with five, Bailey with three and Myers with two.

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Harlan (57) — Maddox Huff 25, Dylan Cox 7, Nate Montanaro 14, Jared Moore 6, Brody Owens 3, Cameron Gray 2.

Williamsburg (40) — Riley China 17, Nate Goodin 9, Zach Bowen 8, Jackson Taylor 6.

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Harlan (37) — Gage Bailey 6, Eli Fryer 8, Cole Cornett 8, Will Shepherd 11, DayJuan Forester 1, Landon Myers 3.

Williamsburg (30) — Ryder Akins 17, Reece Hatcher 2, Chase Mardies 10, Alex Pritchard 1.

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Black Bears tourney set for Saturday at HCHS

The seventh- and eighth-grade version of the Black Bears Preseason Tournament will be held Saturday at Harlan County High School.

Cawood will play Evarts in the opening game at 10 a.m. Rosspoint will play the Cawood-Evarts loser at 11 a.m. Wallins will take on Cumberland at noon, with James A. Cawood playing Black Mountain at 1 p.m.

The semifinals are set for 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the championship game to follow.