Bears suffer first loss Saturday

By Paul Lunsford
Contributing writer

The Harlan County Black Bears faced a pair of tough opponents on the road over the weekend.

After opened the season with seven straight wins, including Friday’s 69-67 victory over West Jessamine, the Bears dropped their first game of the year, falling to Covington Scott 62-56 on Saturday afternoon.

Scott (3-2) was led in scoring by senior guard Grant Profitt’s 20-point effort. Nolan Hunter, a sophomore guard, followed with 18 points. Junior center Cam Patterson added 13 points and 18 rebounds.

Trent Noah fired in a game-high 35 points for Harlan County. Tyler Cole scored 11.

In Friday’s victory, Noah hit two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining for the Bears, pouring in 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Cole contributed 20 points.

The Bears also got eight points from Maddox Huff and six points from Josh Turner. Jackson Huff scored three and Jonah Swanner added two.

West Jessamine fell to 3-3 on the season.

Harlan County (7-1) travels to South Laurel on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game against the Cardinals.

The Black Bears will visit Pike Central on Thursday before playing host to Middlesboro on Friday in the second game of the girls-boys doubleheader.