WILLIAMSBURG — While it won’t count on their regular season record, the Harlan County Black Bears’ performance in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Panorama certainly has to make the Harlan County faithful feel good about their young team.
Harlan County blasted defending 13th Region champ Williamsburg 63-30 on Monday in a scrimmage that the Bears dominated from their start in racing to a 14-0 lead. The Bears’ aggressive defense led to numerous turnovers and easy baskets, and their crisp ball movement and unselfishness meant plenty of open shots.
Junior guards Treyce Spurlock and Cameron Carmical, the returning starters from last year’s 18-win, 52nd District championship team, led the Bears with 21 and 16 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Drew Nolan contributed 10 points.
Spurlock was on fire early with nine points in the opening period as HCHS outscored Williamsburg 21-8. Spurlock had two baskets in the early run that also included a 3-pointer by Nolan, a basket by Tyrese Simmons and two free throws from David Turner.
Nolan and Spurlock had 3-pointers as HCHS got off to another fast start in the second quarter. Carmical took over late in the period with 10 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Bears outscored the Jackets 23-7 to lead 44-15 at the break.
The Bears’ offense slowed in the third quarter but the defense was still good as Harlan County outscored Williamsburg 11-2 to make it 55-17 going into the final period.
With both teams going to their reserves, Williamsburg outscored HCHS 13-8 in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore forward Colby Taylor led Williamsburg, which lost all five starters from last year’s Sweet 16 team, with eight points.
Harlan County will play Montgomery County on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the G.J. Smith Showcase at South Laurel High School. The Bears will open their regular season schedule on Dec. 1 at Letcher Central.
HARLAN COUNTY (63) — Treyce Spurlock 21, Cameron Carmical 16, Drew Nolan 10, Tyrese Simmons 4, David Turner 4, Lamar Burkhart 4, Gabe Price 2, A.J. SImmons 2.
WILLIAMSBURG (30) — Hagen Hawn 5, Tanner Boggs 1, Alec Poore 2, Colby Taylor 8, Jacob Balew 5, Josh Anderson 7, Hunter Brown 2.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134