On pace to finish with their best record since 2000, the Harlan Green Dragons improved to 13-8 on the season with an 83-43 rout of visiting Jenkins on Monday.
Harlan celebrated homecoming with its sixth win this season of 20 points or more. Four Dragons reached double figures, led by freshman forward Kilian Ledord with 18 points. Junior forward Trent McKenzie added 16 points. Senior guard Drew Parks contributed 14 and freshman guard Cade Barnes came off the bench to add 12 points.
Junior guard Justin Phipps scored 15 to lead the Cavaliers, who dropped to 1-21 on the season with their 14th loss by at least 40 points.
“I don’t know how good we played, but we’re pretty unselfish. Hopefully, we can get two or three people in double figures the next game,” said Harlan coach David Parks, in reference to the Dragons’ game at home against district rival Harlan County.
McKenzie hit four straight shots in the opening quarter as Harlan grabbed control quickly, building a 25-9 lead.
“Trent has played really the last three or four games,” Parks said. “Trent’s not that tall, but he’s fast and can beat most centers down the court. He can score around the basket. We just need to get him the ball more.”
With Parks substituting heavily in the second quarter, Barnes hit a 3-pointer and then a jumper as Harlan’s lead grew 47-18 by halftime. Ledford and McKenzie added two baskets each.
“Cade can be scary. He could be a really good player,” Parks said. “He’s really good offensively, especially for a freshman.”
A couple of 3-pointers by Phipps early in the third quarter delayed Harlan in reaching the 35-point lead required to start a running clock. A putback by Ledford followed by a 3-pointer by Robbie Curry helped the Dragons reach the mark midway through the period. A three-point play by Ethan Morton to close the quarter extended Harlan’s lead to 70-35.
Several Dragons contributed in the fourth quarter as Parks and Tate Bryson each hit 3-pointers and Logan Taylor went high for a tip-in that pushed Harlan’s lead to 40 points. Barnes had two baskets in the period, including a 3-pointer.
Harlan returns to action Thursday at home against Harlan County in a girls/boys doubleheader.
Led by a 19-point game from freshman guard Cade Barnes, Harlan improved to 11-0 in junior varsity action with a 46-18 win.
Tate Bryson added eight points for the Dragons. Kendall Brock and Jarrett McKenzie scored four each. Logan Taylor, Andrew Simpson and Cameron Hoskins contributed three each. Carter Barnes chipped in with two.
Cody Snell and Dallas Simon scored six each to lead Jenkins. Matt Jessey and Hayden Fleming added three and two points, respectively.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134