The Harlan Green Dragons played well early offensively to build a 43-32 lead after one half on Saturday afternoon at Jenkins
The Dragons played great defensively late, outscoring Jenkins 22-0 in the fourth quarter on the way to an 85-39 rout that pushed Harlan’s record to 3-0.
“We didn’t play that well early on defense,” Harlan coach David Parks said. “We gave up a lot of uncontested and unchallenged shots. We played much better defensively the second half.”
Freshman forward Kilian Ledford continued his fast start in his first varsity season, scoring 24 points. Senior guard Drew Parks tossed in 14 points. Sophomore guard Paul Stapleton contributed 11 points, and senior guard Robby Curry came off the bench to add 10.
Harlan hit nine 3-pointers, led by Ledford and Parks with three each and Curry with two.
“Kilian played well and shot the ball well, especially early when he pretty much carried us. Drew shot the ball well in the first half,” Parks said. “I thought Paul and Noah (Busroe) each had solid floor games. I was real happy with all the kids. I thought we played pretty well the second half.”
Jenkins (0-3) was led by junior guards Coty Wright and Justin Phipps with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Ledford and Parks each hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Dragons grabbed the lead early. Wright and Phipps teamed for 10 points to keep the Cavaliers within striking distance, at 23-17, after one quarter.
Wright hit a pair of treys in an eight-point second quarter, but the Cavaliers’ offense couldn’t keep up as Harlan won the period 20-15 to build an 11-point lead at halftime. Parks had six points in the period to lead the Dragons.
Curry scored all 10 of his points in the third quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and connecting on four of four at the line as the lead grew to 63-33.
While Jenkins was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, Harlan remained hot. Junior forward Trent McKenzie had five points in the period for the Dragons, while Ledford and freshman Logan Taylor added four points each.
Harlan opens its district schedule Tuesday at home against Middlesboro in a girls/boys doubleheader.
Cade Barnes scored 13 points and Tate Bryson added 10 as Harlan improved to 3-0 in junior varsity action with a 46-18 win.
Carter Barnes tossed in nine points, followed by Caleb Adkins with six, Logan Taylor and Kendal Brock with four each.
Dallas Simon led Jenkins with eight points. Hunter Adams scored four. Cody Snell, Chad Fleming and Hayden Fleming added two each.