Brooklyn Massingill didn’t know there was anything special about her buzzer-beating 3-pointer just before halftime Saturday that gave her Harlan Lady Dragons a 50-11 lead over visiting Barbourville on the way to a 63-29 win.
Massingill wasn’t quite sure why she was being mobbed by teammates after the shot, at least until Jordan Brock offered her congratulations.
“I thought they were just excited over a buzzer beater, but then Jordan started screaming that I scored my 2,000th point. I had no idea,” said Massingill, Harlan’s senior guard, on becoming the third girls player in Harlan County history to score 2,000 points. “It was shocking. It was a great experience.”
Cumberland center Lori Kluck, with 2,107 points, and Harlan guard Debbie Hoskins, with 2,007 points, were the only other Harlan County players to reach the 2,000-point plateau. Massingill was a three-year starter at Harlan County High School before leaving for Harlan after her sophomore season.
“To reach it at home in her last game here was special,” said Harlan coach Derrick Akal said. “It’s a huge accomplishment because not that many score 1,000 points in their career. For her to get 2,000, with her size and playing at two different schools, is impressive.”
Massingill hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter before cooling off until midway through the second quarter. She hit five of six free throws, including two when Barbourville coach Brandon Simpson was hit with a technical. Massingill scored off an offensive rebound with 30 seconds left in the half to reach 14 points. She reached the 2,000-point mark after taking a short pass from Mackenzie King and beating the buzzer with a 3-pointer.
Brock, a junior point guard who is less than 100 points away from being the fourth member of the 2,000-point club, had a big game for the Lady Dragons with 21 points on nine-of-10 shooting. Massingill finished with 19 points as the Harlan starters went to the bench for good midway through the third quarter. King added 11 points.
Barbourville (11-16) was led by Anna Daniels with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Harlan’s pressure defense caused eight Barbourville turnovers in the first quarter as the Lady Dragons raced to a 17-1 lead, led by King, Massingill and Brock. A basket by Daniels with 3:20 left in the first quarter was the first field goal for Barbourville as the Lady Tigers trailed 20-5 by the end of the period.
“We turned them over a lot in our press,” Akal said. “We wanted to work on our press a little going into the postseason, and I thought it was effective.”
Brock hit five of five shots in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers, as Harlan pushed its lead to 39 points by halftime.
With Brock hitting two more shots and Katie King adding a jumper, Harlan stretched its advantage to 55-15 midway through the third quarter before the starters took the rest of the night off.
Natalee King and Taylor Simpson had baskets for the Lady Dragons in the fourth quarter. Daniels led Barbourville with three baskets as the Lady Tigers outscored Harlan 10-6 in the final period.
Harlan is scheduled to close its regular-season schedule Friday at Corbin in a girls/boys doubleheader. The Lady Dragons may play a makeup game earlier in the week against Lynn Camp, but Akal said the date had not been finalized.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134