MOUNT WASHINGTON — With their Big 3 down to a Big 1.5, it looked like the Harlan Lady Dragons could be headed toward their first loss of the season on Monday in the Schmid Funeral Home Holiday Classic.
Harlan trailed Louisville Assumption by six with five minutes left when Jordan Brock decided to temporarily forget she had the flu. Brock scored 16 of the Lady Dragons’ 19 fourth-quarter points as the Lady Dragons rallied for a 65-63 win.
Brock’s late run capped a big night by Harlan’s guard tandem of Brock and Brooklyn Massingill, who teamed for 60 of 65 points. Sophomore center Mackenzie King, with five points, was the only other Lady Dragon to score as Harlan played without junior forward Emma Bianchi, who didn’t make the trip because she attended a funeral.
Brock, a junior, hit eight of 14 shots from the field and 15 of 17 at the line to finish with 34 points. Massingill, a senior, connected on seven of 15 shots from the field and eight of 10 at the line for 26 points.
“We expect them to do that. Jordan and Brooklyn are two of the better players in the region,” Harlan coach Derrick Akal said. “Those two will carry us. I think Brooklyn is one of the better on the ball defenders in the region, and she shoots the ball very well. Her and Jordan complement each other very well.”
Freshman guard Amy Willis came off the bench to lead Assumption (2-7) with 15 points, including five 3-pointers, but she missed a halfcourt shot at the buzzer that would have won the game. Freshman forward Jasmine Elder, who also came off the bench, added 12 points.
Massingill hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to carry the Harlan offense and help the Lady Dragons take a 14-13 lead after one period.
Harlan hit only two of five shots in the second period as Assumption grabbed a 29-27 lead at the break. Massingill hit six of six at the line to keep the Lady Dragons close.
The Assumption lead grew to five early in the third quarter, but with Brock and Massingill each hitting three shots the game stayed close. A trey by Willis from 30 feet away gave Assumption a 49-46 lead going into the last period.
Assumption build a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Brock had a 3-pointer and three-point play sandwiched around two free throws by King in an 8-0 run put Harlan on top. The lead changed hands four more times before Brock hit four straight free throws, with an Assumption turnover after the first two, to give the Lady Dragons a 64-63 lead.
King hit one of two at the line with 4.9 seconds left for a two-point lead. After a timeout, Assumpton got the ball to Willis, who missed a shot at the buzzer.
“I think Assumption is the most aggressive defensive team we’ve seen this season,” Akal said. “We were able to get to the free throw line pretty early. I told Jordan and Brooklyn they had to be aggressive and get to the throw line. We did a lot of damage at the free throw line.”
Harlan will return to action Tuesday at 7:30 p.m against last night’s Central Hardin-Bullitt East winner.
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