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Fast start sends Dragons past Letcher

Kaleb McLendon and Jordan Akal combined to hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter as Harlan raced to a 25-13 lead after one quarter on Thursday at Letcher Central. The Dragons had to hold on from there for a 68-66 victory.

Akal scored 22 to lead the 8-7 Dragons. Jon Eldridge and McLendon added 18 and 15 points, respectively.

Parker Williams scored 20 for the 3-11 Cougars. Dylan Webb tossed in 15. Ryan Lebron added 12.

Williams and Lebron each scored nine points in the fourth quarter as Letcher outscored Harlan 24-16 to cut the final deficit to two.

Harlan returns to action Saturday in a district game at Harlan County.

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Bodie Bentley scored 12 points as Letcher Central coasted to a 54-19 win in junior varsity action.

Kyler McLendon tossed in seven and Jayden Ward added six for the 2-3 Dragons. John Mark Bryson scored five. Matthew Pennington chipped in with one.

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Bodie Bentley scored 12 points as Letcher Central coasted to a 54-19 win in junior varsity action.

Kyler McLendon tossed in seven and Jayden Ward added six for the 2-3 Dragons. John Mark Bryson scored five. Matthew Pennington chipped in with one.

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Harlan 68, Letcher Central 66

Harlan (68) — Jordan Akal 22, Kaleb McLendon 15, Johann Gist 0, Jaedyn Gist 7, Jon Eldridge 18, Charles David Morton 6, Kyler McLendon 0, Trey Barnes 0.

Letcher Central (66) — Dylan Webb 15, Parker Williams 20, Ryan Lebron 12, Joby Johnson 8, Matt Dicks 5, Isaac Lucas 4, Bodie Bentley 2, Isaiah Adams 0.

Harlan 25 14 13 16 — 68

Letcher Central 13 15 14 24 — 66