CORBIN — The Harlan County Lady Bears closed an impressive summer with a pair of blowout wins Thursday at Corbin High School, doubling the score over two traditionally strong opponents by defeating Pulaski County 68-34 and Corbin 54-27.
Junior center Kaylea Gross poured in 20 points and junior guard Rebeca Middleton added 14 as the Lady Bears coasted past Pulaski County. Blair Green contributed 11 points, followed by Breann Turner with eight, Lainey Cox and Phebe McHargue with four each, K.K. Johnson with three and Reanna Middleton and Morgan Napier with two each.
Gross hit seven of eight free throws in the first quarter as the Lady Bears built a 13-8 lead.
Middleton heated up in the second quarter with three baskets, including two 3-pointers as HCHS pulled away. Green and Turner closed the half with baskets as the lead grew to 31-12 by halftime.
Green had three baskets in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer. Baskets by Green, McHargue and Johnson pushed the Lady Bears’ advantage to 51-25 after three quarters.
Turner and Cox each had two baskets in the fourth quarter as the Lady Bears outscored Pulaski 17-9.
Gross and Rebecca Middleton teamed for 11 points in the first quarter to help HCHS grab a 13-8 lead over Corbin. Reanna Middleton provided a spark in the second quarter with a 3-pointer and a basket off a steal to extend the Lady Bears’ advantage to 21-12 at halftime.
Gross had four baskets in the third and Green added three as Harlan County ran away with the scrimmage in the third quarter, building a 43-18 advantage.
Reanna Middleton and Johnson opened the fourth quarter with 3-pointers as the lead grew to 31 points.
Gross scored 14 points and Rebecca Middleton added 10 to lead the Lady Bears. Green contributed nine points , followed by Reanna Middleton with eight, Turner and Cox with four each, Johnson with three and Hannah Gaw with two.
The Lady Bears finished the summer with a 14-2 varsity record.
Harlan County overcame a slow start to edge Corbin 27-21 in overtime in junior varsity action.
Abby Vitatoe hit a 3-pointer to spark a late comeback, then Emily Long hit a shot and two free throws to tie the game at 21 and force overtime.
Morgan Blakley put HCHS ahead to stay with a basket in the extra period, then found Dixie Ewing for baskets on consecutive possessions to put the game away.
Harlan County closed its junior varsity summer schedule at 8-1.
Harlan closed play in the University of Kentucky Team Camp by winning two of three games for the second straight day. The Lady Dragons defeated Menifee County 37-36 and Goshen, Ohio, 29-18 and lost 45-36 to Glen Este, Ohio.
Harlan finished the summer with a 10-4 record against varsity competition, winning five of six at Union College and four of six at the University of Kentucky, in addition to splitting two scrimmages at Leslie County.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134