Harlan knocked off 13th Region foe South Laurel for the second time in nine days on Monday. The rematch was more competitive than the Lady Dragons’ 36-point win in last week’s Cumberland Falls Invitational. In the latest meeting, Harlan jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 63-47 win over the Lady Cards.
Freshman guard Jordan Brock delivered 24 points and junior Torri Mitchell added 13 to power the Lady Dragons in the win.
“Jordan shot the ball pretty well from the 3-point line,” said Harlan coach Derrick Akal. “Torri had a good game. She did a good job defensively and on the boards. She stepped up and helped us in scoring too.”
Harlan (3-4) outscored South Laurel 13-7 in the first quarter to take an early lead. The Lady Dragons took a 19-point lead into the half thanks to an impressive performance in the second quarter.
Harlan outscored the Lady Cards 20-7 in the period to extend their advantage to 33-14 at the half.
“I think we’re maturing a little bit and I really think, if it hadn’t have been for three or four minutes there in the second quarter, there may have been a different outcome to the game,” said South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder. “We kind of lost thought and it just got away from us at that point. It’s not to say we didn’t fight back because we did.”
With Brock forced to sit much of the third quarter due to foul trouble, the Lady Cardinals mounted a comeback attempt. South outscored Harlan 18-13 in the period and cut into the Lady Dragon lead.
“Jordan got in foul trouble and we had to sit her down in the third quarter. We had a tough time scoring at that point, and South closed the gap,” Akal said.
Katie Reynolds went to work in the paint for South Laurel in the third, scoring eight of her team high 20 points.
“We started going to (Katie) a lot in the second half and it helped us get some buckets early and get back into their lead,” said Snyder. “I liked our effort in the second half.”
South got as close as six points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Lady Dragons held on to the lead. Harlan forced turnovers on two straight possessions to regain momentum down the stretch.
“We came back very well in the second half and cut it to six points,” said Snyder. “We just had a couple turnovers there that really stopped our run, but we fought hard to get back into the game.”
The Lady Dragons did a good job of getting to the free throw line throughout the night. They also converted when they arrived at the charity stripe. Harlan combined to hit 19-of-22 free throws in the contest.
“We were able to make some shots down stretch and make our free throws,” Akal said.
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Harlan (63) — Jordan Brock 24, Torri Mitchell 13, Kaitlin Jenkins 8, MacKenzie King 3, Jourdan Ledford 2.
South Laurel (47) – Katie Reynolds 20, Taylor Cromer 12, Brittany Vandeventer 8, Shelby Davis 5, Becca Phelps 2.