Harlan put together its most dominating performance of the season Thursday in rolling to an 83-24 win at Red Bird.
Senior guard Drew Parks scored 20 points to lead the balanced Harlan attack, joining the school’s 1,000-point club in the process on the second of three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter. Junior forward Trent McKenzie had perhaps his best game of the season with 19 points. Freshman forward Kilian Ledford added 15 points with the help of three 3-pointers.
Jonathan Kabonga scored 13 points to lead the Cardinals.
McKenzie dominated the first quarter, scoring 10 points as the Dragons built a 21-7 lead.
Harlan outscored Red Bird 16-12 in the second period, led by four points each from Parks and Ledford, for a 37-19 halftime lead.
Parks and Ledford each hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Dragons exploded for 32 points while holding the Cardinals to two, starting a running clock in the process.
Reserves took over in the fourth quarter but Harlan continued to build on the lead, outscoring the Cardinals 14-3. Kendall Brock and Tate Bryson each had two baskets for the Dragons. Carter Barnes, Jarrett McKenzie and Logan Taylor added one each.
Harlan (12-2) returns to action Saturday at Oneida Baptist. Red Bird (3-13) plays host to Jackson County on Friday.
Freshman forward Jarrett McKenzie scored 20 points and freshman guard Cade Barnes added 15 as Harlan won 48-20 in junior varsity action.
Kendall Brock and Logan Taylor scored four points each, Tate Bryson added three. Carter Barnes contributed two.
Junior Kitoko scored six for Red Bird. Bryce Helton tossed in five. Max Kitoko, Avery Gibson and Maombie Tshingu added three each.