LEXINGTON — Harlan saved its best performance for last on Saturday in the Kentucky Basketball Academy Summer State Tournament.
With the Harlan varsity team already eliminated, the Dragons were able to move sophomore guard Kilian Ledford, a varsity starter, to the junior varsity team for a tournament matchup against Tates Creek and took the Commodores to the final seconds before losing 72-70.
Ledford poured in 31 points to lead the Dragons, who finished 0-4 during the week. Cade Barnes, a sophomore point guard, also had a big game with 17 points. Caleb Adkins, Jacob Wilson and Carter Barnes scored six each. Tate Bryson added four points.
Wilson hit a 3-pointer and Cade Barnes, Carter Barnes, Adkins and Ledford added baskets as the Green Dragons built an early nine-point lead with all five starters contributing
Tates Creek battled back to go up 38-34 at halftime and 59-51 after three quarters, but Harlan rallied with an inspired effort in the fourth period.
Ledford’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to one, and Adkins found Carter Barnes for a basket to tie the game at 60-60. A Cade Barnes 3-pointer and Adkins steal and layup put Harlan up by five, but Tates Creek followed with a rally of its own, reeling off 10 unanswered points before Ledford’s trey in the closing seconds cut the final deficit to two.
Harlan fell 77-60 to Sheldon Clark in pool play Saturday.
Wilson and Cade Barnes each scored 22 points to lead the Dragons. Carter Barnes scored six. Jacob Engle and Charles Morton each contributed three points. Logan Taylor and Jordan Akal chipped in with two each.
Cade Barnes scored 15 points and Wilson added 12 as the Dragons fell 83-41 to Lafayette. Carter Barnes contributed eight. Taylor added four points. Bryson scored two.
Scott County pulled away in the second half for a 70-39 win over Harlan in junior varsity action Friday. Carter Barnes poured in 18 to lead the Dragons. Wilson scored six. Cade Barnes contributed five. Taylor and Morton scored three each. Bryson and Akal each added two.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134