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Lady Bears win two of three in Christmas tourney

Harlan County bounced back from a slow start Friday in the opening round of the Jack Burford Classic by racing to an 18-5 lead after one quarter Saturday on the way to a 55-32 rout of Henry Clay at Madison Central High School.

It was the third straight win for HCHS and second win in tournament play.

Senior forward Morgan Blakley led the 3-2 Lady Bears with 18 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Beth Hoskins added 11 points.

Henry Clay (3-6) was led by Allison Stone with 15 points.

Harlan County concludes tournament play on Sunday against the tournament host Lady Indians at 1 p.m.

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Harlan County 55, Henry Clay 32

HENRY CLAY (3-6)

Maddie Cox 0-7 0-0 0, Taviona Sanford 2-8 2-8 7, Lydia VanMeter 2-6 0-0 4, Allison Stone 5-13 5-14 15, Lauren Thomas 3-7 0-1 6, Anna Webb 0-0 0-0 0, Ariyanna Sutton 0-1 0-0 0, Jolie Trusty 0-0 0-0 0, Erin Hayslip 0-0 0-0 0. Timarri Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Jamya Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-42 7-23 32.

HARLAN COUNTY (3-2)

Hannah Wood 3-10 2-4 9, Kelly Beth Hoskins 4-12 0-0 11, Jaylin Smith 3-4 0-3 6, Morgan Blakley 5-8 8-14 18, Kassy Owens 4-7 0-0 8, Jaylin Preston 1-3 0-0 3, Dixie Ewing 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-44 10-21 55.

Henry Clay 5 12 9 6 — 32

Harlan County 18 8 18 11 — 55

3-point goals: Henry Clay 1-14 (Sanford 1-2, Sutton 0-1, VanMeter 0-3, Stone 0-3, Cox 0-5), Harlan County 5-18 (Hoskins 3-9, Preston 1-3, Wood 1-5, Owens 0-1). Rebounds: Henry Clay 31 (Thomas 8, Stone 7, Sanford 4, VanMeter 3, Cox 2, Sutton 2, Webb 1, team 4), Harlan County 37 (Blakley 9, Owens 8, Hoskins 6, Smith 5, Wood 3, Ewing 2, Preston 1, team 3). Turnovers: Henry Clay 26, Harlan County 24. Assists: Henry Clay 9, Harlan County 11. Fouled out: None.

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Harlan County was unable to complete a three-game sweep at the Jack Burford Classic at Madison Central as the host Lady Indians outscored HCHS 22-6 in the second quarter on the way to a 62-51 win.

Jekauri McKeithen scored 20 points and Taleya Todd added 18 for the 4-5 Lady Indians, who rallied after trailing 15-11 after one quarter.

Senior forward Morgan Blakley led the 3-3 Lady Bears with 18 points. Senior guard Hannah Wood hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points

Harlan County will play in the Hyden Citizens Holiday Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Bears will play Owsley County and Leslie County on Friday and East Ridge on Saturday.

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Madison Central 62, Harlan County 51

HARLAN COUNTY (3-3)

Hannah Wood 4–9 2-2 14, Kelly Beth Hoskins 3-5 0-0 9, Jaylin Smith 1-8 5-8 7, Morgan Blakley 5-10 8-13 18, Kassy Owens 0-3 1-2 1, Jaylin Preston 0-1 0-0 0, Dixie Ewing 1-2 0-0 2, Taytum Griffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-38 16-25 51.

MADISON CENTRAL (4-5)

Brianna Bierbaum 3-12 0-2 9, Eve Carter 2-3 4-4 8, Taleya Todd 7-12 2-5 18, Raelynn Miller 1-2 2-5 4, Jekauri McKeithen 9-14 2-2 20, Nataya Strader 1-4 1-1 3, Brittany Campbell 0-1 0-0 0, Gretchen Hammett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-48 11-19 62.

Harlan County 15 6 14 16 — 51

Madison Central 11 22 20 9 — 62

3-point goals: Harlan County 7-14 (Wood 4-7, Hoskins 3-5, Blakley 0-1, Owens 0-1), Madison Central 5-13 (Bierbaum 3-7, Todd 2-3, Campbell 0-1, Strader 0-2). Rebounds: Harlan County 28 (Blakley 9, Smith 8, Wood 5, Hoskins 2, Owens 1, Preston 1, Ewing 1, team 1), Madison Central 31 (MeKeithen 10). Assists: Harlan County 10 (Wood 5, Preston 2, Smith 1, Owens 1, Ewing 1), Madison Central 11 (Todd 4). Turnovers: Harlan County 21, Madison Central 16. Fouled out: Harlan County (Hoskins).