Karst, Smith and Austin Powers Lady Bears Past Clay

Published 12:02 pm Saturday, January 29, 2022

A strong second-half performance by Harlan County lifted the Lady Bears over visiting Clay County on Thursday 55-50.
HC took a 15-13 edge after one quarter, but Clay hit 12 of 17 from the field, including five 3-pointers and outscored the Lady Bears 19-10 in the period.
Clay County took a 32-25 advantage at halftime.
The teams traded baskets and free throws for most of the third quarter. 
HC falls 62-56 at Leslie County

Leslie County hit 10 of 11 from the free throws line on Wednesday as the Lady Eagles of Leslie County held off visiting Harlan County 62-56.
The Lady Bears were down by as many as 11 points in the third quarter.
A pair of baskets by Ella Karst pulled HC within 52-50 with over four minutes to play. A 3-pointer by Taytum Griffin made it a 58-55 advantage with two minutes to play.
For the game, Leslie County connected on 23 of 31 free throws.
Junior guard Courtney Hoskins powered Leslie County with 23 points. Junior center Emma Napier scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Emily Bowling added 11 points for the Lady Eagles.
Harlan County was led in scoring by Karst with 20 points. Jaylin Smith finished with 17 points. Taylor Lunsford had seven points and six rebounds. 
Leslie County outrebounded the Lady Bears 36-21. Hoskins pulled down 10 for the Lady Eagles. 
Leslie jumped out to a 14-11 advantage after eight minutes. Napier scored three baskets in the period.
The Lady Bears battled back to within two at halftime, at 28-26, as Karst had two baskets, including a 3-pointer.
The Lady Eagles outscored Harlan County 16-13 in the third quarter, led by three baskets from Hoskins.
HC only committed seven turnovers for the game. The Lady Eagles had eight.
Leslie County was scheduled to host Jackson County on Monday and visit Hazard on Tuesday. The 12-7 Lady Eagles will host Harlan on Wednesday before traveling to Owsley County on Saturday.
Bell, Letcher, Knott, Estill and Belfry remain on the scheduled for Leslie County the rest of the regular season.

Harlan County 55, Clay County 50
CLAY COUNTY (6-10)

Sidney Jones 3-9 0-0 8, Jaylen Combs 4-9 0-0 11, Lexie Bowling 1-1 1-2 3, Brooke Dezarn 2-3 1-2 5, Courtney Jones 5-8 5-8 17, Julia Collins 2-3 0-0 6, Daisy Samples 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-33 7-12 50.
HARLAN COUNTY (11-10)
Ella Karst 6-16 3-6 15, Taytum Griffin 2-3 1-2 5, Hailey Austin 5-10 0-0 14, Jaylin Smith 5-8 5-7 15, Taylor Lunsford 0-1 4-8 4, Kylie Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Paige Phillips 0-3 1-2 1, Abigail Fields 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-44 14-25 55.
 
Clay County 13 19 6 12 — 50
Harlan County 15 10 17 13 — 55
3-point goals: Clay County 9-20 (Combs 3-7, Collins 2-3, C. Jones 2-4, S. Jones 2-6), Harlan County 5-14 (Austin 4-6, Griffin 1-2, Jones 0-1, Karst 0-5). Rebounds: Clay County 22 (C. Jones 10, Combs 3, Bowling 3, Dezarn 3, S. Jones 2, Colins 1), Harlan County 23.(Lunsford 7, Smith 6, Karst 3, Austin 3, Griffin 1, Jones 1, Phillips 1, Fields 1).

Leslie County 62, Harlan County 56

 

HARLAN COUNTY (10-10)
Ella Karst 8-16 3-4 20, Kylie Jones 1-4 3-6 5, Taytum Griffin 2-6 0-1 5, Jaylin Smith 6-10 5-7 17, Taylor Lunsford 3-7 1-4 7, Hailey Austin 1-2 0-1 2, Paige Phillips 0-2 0-0 0, Abigail Fields 0-1 0-0 0, Jaylin Preston 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-48 12-22 56.
LESLIE COUNTY (11-7)
Courtney Hoskins 5-12 13-14 23, Eden Melton 4-8 0-0 8, Bailey Smith 1-1 1-2 4, Baylee Davidson 0-2 1-4 1, Emma Napier 5-7 5-6 15, Emily Bowling 4-10 3-5 11, Caroline Buckle 0-0 0-0 0, Ava Napier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-40 23-31 62.
Harlan County 11 15 13 17 — 56
Leslie County 14 14 16 18 — 62
3-point goals: Harlan County 2-4 (Griffin 1-1, Karst 1-3), Leslie County 1-5 (Smith 1-1, Bowling 0-1, Melton 0-3). Rebounds: Harlan County 21 (Lunsford 6, Karst 4, Smith 4, Griffin 3, Jones 2, Phillips 1, Fields 1), Leslie County 28 (E. Napier 10, Hoskins 8, Davidson 4, Bowling 3, Melton 2, A. Napier 1).
Sports contributor Paul Lunsford wrote this story for the Harlan Enterprise.