HHS places 5th in Rafferty’s Classic

An Enterprise Staff Report

December 30, 2013

After dropping their opener, the Harlan Lady Dragons earned a pair of wins to finish fifth in the Rafferty’s Classic at Edmonson County over the weekend. The Lady Dragons fell to Grayson County before knocking off Metcalfe County and Breckinrige County.

HHS bounced back from a 78-64 loss to Grayson with a 61-48 victory over Metcalfe County in the second contest.

Harlan led 14-12 after eight minutes and took a six-point lead into the half. Jourdan Ledford and Torri Mitchell each hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half. Harlan finished with seven treys in the contest.

“I thought they concentrated on Jordan (Brock), and collapsed on her when she penetrated. She did a good job of kicking it out and we hit some threes at crucial times,” said Harlan coach Derrick Akal.

Freshman Emma Bianchi recorded five points in the third quarter as the Lady Dragons extended their lead to 45-32. The teams exchanged baskets in the fourth quarter as Harlan maintained the lead.

“Emma stepped up offensively in the tournament. She has become an offensive threat, and is somebody we can get the ball to in the post,” Akal said.

Harlan downed Breckinridge County 71-54 in the final contest.

Bianchi led the way, posting 22 points and 11 rebounds despite battling foul trouble.

Ledford scored on each of Harlan’s first three possessions to help power the Lady Dragons to a 25-12 first quarter lead. Brock added nine points in the opening period.

Breckinridge County hit 10-of-14 free throw attempts in the second quarter to reduce the deficit to 38-33 at the half.

The lead remained at five points after an even third quarter, before Harlan took control in the final period.

The Harlan bench helped to limit Breckinridge to only one shot from the floor in the fourth quarter as Harlan pulled away with the win.

“The subs did an excellent job during that time. They did a good job defensively,” Akal said.

Harlan (10-5) returns to action Friday at Hazard.

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Harlan (71) — Emma Bianchi 22, Jordan Brock 17, Torri Mitchell 10, Jourdan Ledford 8, Masie Charles 6, Kaitlyn Jenkins 4, Shanae Thomas 4, Leah Evans 2, Katie King 2, Bethany Day 0, Madelynn Henson 0, Mackenzie King 0.

Breckinridge County (54) — Lilly Grimes 25, Sarah Shrewsberry 8, Emma Payne 4, Mary Hinton 2, Jenna Thornhill 6, Jennay Jeffrey 3, Aaron O’ Riley 3, Jordan Jamboe 3.

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Harlan (61) — Jordan Brock 15, Jordan Ledford 15, Torri Mitchell 8, Emma Bianchi 7, Masie Charles 5, Lean Evans 4, Kaitlyn Jenkins 2, Katie King 2, Bethany Day 0, Madelynn Henson 0, Mackenzie King 0, Shanae Thomas 0.

Metcalfe County (48) — Jordan Samuels 19, MacKenzie Coleman 4, Katie Huffman 2, Cassie Brooks 8, Kristin O’Leary 5, Cheyenne Perry 1, Allison Caffee 9.

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Grayson County (78)

Harlan (64) — Jordan Brock 17, Jourdan Ledford 14, Torri Mitchell 11, Emma Bianchi 8, Shanae Thomas 5, Katie King 4, Masie Charles 3, Kaitlyn Jenkins 2, Mackenzie King 0.