Black Bears beat Bell 89-69 at home

Published 7:32 pm Monday, January 17, 2022

Harlan County jumped out to an early lead and rolled to an 89-69 win over visiting Bell County last week in 52nd District action.

The Black Bears got nine points from Trent Noah in the opening period as HC led 20-9 after one quarter. Maddox Huff scored five in the first eight minutes of play.

“We didn’t play very well and Harlan County did. I thought this game was lost in the first three or four minutes,” Bell County coach Brad Sizemore said. “We started out the game one of six at the free-throw line and had a bunch of silly turnovers. We got behind and had to start gambling. They shot it well and beat us to a lot of loose balls. We seemed to be flat and didn’t have a lot of energy defensively.”

Noah, which finished the night with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Harlan County, also received 26 points from sophomore guard Jonah Swanner.

Swanner scored 10 points in the second quarter and Huff tossed in eight as HC took a 46-26 halftime advantage. Cameron Burnett tossed in 12 first-half points for the Bobcats.
Swanner had eight points in the third period. Harlan County’s Jackson Huff, along with Noah, tossed in seven apiece in the quarter.

Bell County outscored the Bears 26-21 in the final quarter as senior guard Dalton Stepp tallied 10 of his 23 points in the period. Burnett added seven points and Noah Brock had a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter.

“We wanted to set the tone offensively and defensively, and I thought we did. We were aggressive out of our trap and did a good job on (Cameron) Burnett in the first half,” said Harlan County coach Michael Jones.

Burnett, a senior forward, finished the night with 26 points, including 12 field goals. Brock, a freshman guard, knocked down three 3’s for nine points.

Chanse Belcher scored six. Cole Hoskins had three points and Conner McGeorge added two.

Maddox Huff, a freshman point guard, contributed 13 points for the Black Bears. Daniel Carmical scored 13 while Jackson Huff added nine. Tristan Cooper tallied one point.

Senior guard Hayden Callebs, which failed to score, pulled down seven rebounds to lead Bell County.

The Bobcats defeated HC at home 59-56 on Dec. 27. Bell High falls to 1-1 in district play.

Harlan County improved to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in district action.

Neither Bell or Harlan County has yet to play Middlesboro or Harlan.

The Black Bears will play host to the 12-5 Green Dragons on Saturday.

Harlan County will remain home next week, hosting Middlesboro on Tuesday, Letcher Central on Thursday, Madison Souther on Friday and Cordia on Saturday.

The Bobcats will visit Corbin on Friday. Bell County is slated to play three games next week beginning Tuesday at home against Harlan in a girls/boys doubleheader.

Bell High will travel to Middlesboro on Friday (doubleheader) before returning home to battle Estill County on Saturday.

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The Bobcats claimed a 50-44 win over Harlan County in freshman action earlier this week at Bell County.

Blake Burnett powered the Bobcats with 17 points. Noah Brock followed with 15. Ethan Buell scored 10 while Elijah Hampton added four. Austin

Goodin and Cooper Miracle each had two points.

Ethan Simpson led the 4-1 Black Bears with 11 points. Brody Napier and Hunter Napier contributed 10 apiece. Jaycee Carter collected seven points while Terry Michael Delaney had six.

Harlan County posted a 48-33 victory over the Bobcats in a junior varsity game.

Hunter Napier paced HC (4-2) with 13 points. Caleb Johnson and Brody Napier scored nine each and Carter tossed in eight. Simpson tallied five.

Delaney and Brayden Hensley added two apiece.

Sports contributor Paul Lunsford wrote this for the Harlan Enterprise.